As you all know, true friends are hard to come by. A good friend is a blessing from God. I thought that making a list of Bible verses about friendship would help us all learn about the importance of friendship.
Over the years I have made some true and dear friends and avoided a few that didn't have my best interest at heart.
The Bible has a lot to say about friendship. It gives us advice on how to choose our friends. It shows us how to be a good friend. It guides us in how to treat our friends.
I am sure you came to this article to learn more about what the Bible says about friendship so I will let you start studying the scriptures so that you can learn how to be the type of friend God wants you to be.
12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
there is safety in having many advisers.
20 Get all the advice and instruction you can,
so you will be wise the rest of your life.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.
26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
These two verses show that the level of trust we give our friends should be tied to their character. If they are of good character, then even if they tell us something that hurts, we should listen. However if they are not of good character, then even if they tell us exactly what we want to hear, we should ignore it.
10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
The Value of a Friend
9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.
17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you
32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
David And Jonathan
1 After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. 2 From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. 3 And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.
Elijah And Elisha
2 And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Bethel.”
But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel.
Ruth And Naomi
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”
Friendship and being a friend is one of the greatest things in this earth. Because of friendship we have the opportunity to live out our faith in real and practical ways.
I hope this list of scriptures on friendship has helped you learn more about what the Bible says about friendship.
What are some of your favorite Bible verses about friendship? Please feel free to share them with us in the comment section below. You never know, your verse might be the one that helps someone else.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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