Top 10 Bible Verses About Friendship Everyone Should Know

Updated on September 21, 2018
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Dexter is a pastor who believes that every life is precious to God. He enjoys studying the Bible with the intent to inspire others.

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.

But 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 of sorrows if you make this decision quickly, but how do you know for sure what relationships are worth keeping, and those to turn your back on?

Thankfully, the Bible has the answers, so here are ten Bible verses that highlight ten qualities of a good friendship.

Friendship is one of God's best gift
Friendship is one of God's best gift | Source

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 and keep the friendship going.

Good friends respect our independence
Good friends respect our independence | Source

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

Good friends are quick to forgive
Good friends are quick to forgive | Source

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 always forgive. Forgiveness is a word from the heart. A friend may say that they forgive you, but if it isn't from the heart, it means nothing.

Friends who don't forgive aren't fun to be around, they are cold, and always find something negative things to say. They are quick to judge and never miss an opportunity to point out and criticise our errors.

Good friendships are motivating, uplifting, and inspiring. Friendships without forgiveness are worth letting go.

Goods friends put up with our weaknesses
Goods friends put up with our weaknesses | Source

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 friendships have their fair share of troubles, but that's 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.

Good friends are always by our side
Good friends are always by our side | Source

5. Proverbs 18:24

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

True 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, with overwhelming joy.

Loyal friends are always by our side. They are always supportive in our important endeavors, they gracefully 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."

6. 1 Samuel 18:4

"Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow, and his belt."

Good friends make sacrifices. If you read from verse one of the eighteen chapter of (1 Samuel), you will notice that Jonathan loved David, and he embraced him as a friend. Jonathan was the Kings' son, but the King disliked David and wanted to assassinate him. But Jonathan, knowing of his father, nevertheless jeopardize his life to help David.

What are friendships without sacrifices? Friendships without sacrifices are friendships without commitments. And needless to say that these kinds of friendships don't last for too long.

Jonathan act of sacrifice showed his commitment to David and to the friendship, he didn't hesitate to give David his own attire. And luckily he did, because David wasn't yet recognized throughout Isreal, and he desperately needed the help.

If your friendships lack commitment, and your friends aren't interested in making the necessary sacrifices, then it may be time to leave.

Good friends don't gossip
Good friends don't gossip | Source

7. Proverbs 16:28

"A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."

Honorable friends don't gossip. From experience, there is nothing worse to have in a friendship than a friend who speaks gossip about you.

This verse shows that gossip hurts, and it brings separation even in the best of friendships.

Praiseworthy friends don't gossip. But they talk facts, and if they aren't sure, they find out the truth, and if you aren't comfortable with them sharing your business - they keep their mouths close.

If your friends are gossipers, there's a fair chance that your friendships will end in disappointments and regrets. Don't allow gossip to ruin your friendships, address it before it's too late.

Good friends aren't overly critical of our failures
Good friends aren't overly critical of our failures | Source

8. James 4:11

"Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it."

Good friends aren't judgemental. This Bible verse says that a brother or a sister must not cast judgment against the other. If they do, they transgress God's liberal law. Sister and brother here imply someone close to you, in this case, your friends. Good friends don't rush to premature judgments, they will first listen to what you have to say.

Are your friends overly critical of you? Do they always find something obstructive to say? Do they downplay or altogether ignore the positives, and make a big fuss pointing out the negatives?

If these traits describe your friends, it's a signal you need to reconsider before moving on.

Good friends don't judge you, but instead, they support you, and when necessary correct you in love and humility.

Good friends inspire us to reach higher
Good friends inspire us to reach higher | Source

9. 1 Corinthians 15:33

"Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character."

Commendable friends inspire strong values in you. There's a proverb that says "you are known by the friends you keep," and this Bible verse reinforces the same wisdom. Not only does this verse reinforce this proverb, but it, more importantly, points out that bad friendships corrupt good morals.

Virtuous friends don't inspire corruption in you, but rather sound values. They set laudable examples that if followed will reap blessings and honor, not shame and disgrace. If your friends don't inspire and challenge you to set high standards, then maybe, it's time to let those friendships go.

Good friendships are built on the foundation of trust
Good friendships are built on the foundation of trust | Source

10. Psalm 37:3

"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture."

Good friendships have trust. Though this Bible verse doesn't explicitly highlight trust in relation to our friends, it does point out trust in our friendship with God.

God is our greatest example, so it's safe to mimic His example of trust in friendship and apply it to our friendships with others.

With that being said, the implication here is that friendships should have trust, and trust inspires confidence. Confidence in your friends' abilities, in their words, and in whatever they do. If trust is lacking in your friendships - find a way to encourage it. No good friendship can last without trust, so do whatever you can to encourage it.

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