Top 5 Bible Verses About Friendship Everyone Should Know

Updated on July 6, 2018
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Bible Verses About Friendship

Friendship is God's gift to us. Without friends, life is a boring and lonely road to walk. But not all friendships are worth our time, some are worth dying to keep and others are pending disappointments, regrets, and sorrows. So how do you identify those friendships to keep and those to let go? For some, this might feel daunting and for others unnecessary, especially if you consider yourself to be friendly and don't want to hurt anyone's feeling. At some point, you will have to be honest with yourself, look at your friendships and decide whether to pursue the friendship or let it go. You will save yourself from a lot of sorrows if you make that decision quickly, but how do you know for sure what relationships are worth keeping, and those to turn your back on? Luckily, the Bible has the answers, so here are five Bible verses that highlight five qualities of a good friendship.

1. Proverbs 17:17

"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

Loyal friends love at all times. Love is a language of the soul, it excites, it encourages and makes friendships meaningful and fun. Loving friendships are rare gems, priceless treasures, and the desire of many, but friendships without love are like ships without sails and tunnels without light. Love is the glue that holds strong friendships together, even in hard and uncertain times, but not all friends are loving. Some friends only stick around when things are going well for you. They will say the right words at the right time, they will exhibit qualities of a loving friend, but as soon as hard times meet you, and you can't meet their demands and expectations, their love becomes a long distant memory. This Bible text implies that love is a trait of a good friend, and a good friend will love you at all times and in any situation whether great or small. Good friends don't look for opportunities to excuse themselves from expressing their love to you, but rather look for opportunities to further express their love to you.

Take a good look at your friends and analyze their actions, you may even test their love and loyalty over a period of time by doing these following things:

Stop buying them groceries
Stop buying them gifts
Stop hanging out with them
Stop lending them money
Stop liking and commenting on their social media pages
Stop giving them ride to work, school, movies or wheresoever
Stop answering their calls
Stop replying to their messages

Love will pass the test of time and many trials, so if they are truly loving and loyal friends, they will not be offended for too long but rather look for opportunities to express their love to keep the friendship.

2. Philippians 2:3

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."

Good friends respect your independence. Do your friends disregard your feelings and treat them as though they don't matter? If your answer is yes to this question then there is a fair chance that your friends don't respect you. You must never lower your standards to accommodate unrespectful friends. Respect is a building block for a good friendship, so if your friendships don't have respect then it might be time to find a solution, or simply kiss that friendship goodbye.

3. Colossians 3:13

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

Good friends will always forgive. Forgiveness is a word from the heart. A friend may say they forgive but if it's not from the heart, it means nothing. Friends who don't forgive aren't fun to be around, they are cold, and have negative things to say. They are quick to judge and never miss an opportunity to point out your wrongs. Good friendships are motivating, uplifting, and inspiring. Friendships without forgiveness are worth letting go.

4. Galatians 6:2

"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."

Faithful friends put up with our shortcomings. Most friendship has their fair share of troubles, but that is not a valid excuse to say goodbye. Sometimes it's a case of friends having to go through uncertain times together to better understand each other. Relationships with obstacles at the beginning usually turn out to be lifelong friendships. So, be patient, long-suffering, and find solutions to get the best out of your friends.

5. Proverbs 18:24

"There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother."

Real friends are supportive and reliable. There is a known slang that says "blood is thicker than water" but this bible verse shows that good friendships create bonds greater than blood relationships. Good friends stick around long enough to know when we are sad, broken and, frustrated. They even know when we are happy, and overwhelmed with joy. Loyal friends are always by our side. They are supportive in all our endeavor, correct us when we are wrong and congratulate us on our achievements. Friends with these qualities are worth their weight of gold but unstable friends are "bitter to the tongue."

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