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Friendship

Friends are one of the most important aspects of our lives and our faith. In the Bible, there are many verses that highlight the importance of friendship and the value of cultivating strong, supportive relationships with others. Whether we are in need of comfort, guidance, or just someone to share our joys and struggles with, our friends can be a source of strength and inspiration on our journey with Christ. In this blog post, we will explore 10 Bible verses about friends that speak to the beauty and significance of this special relationship.


"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

This verse emphasizes the idea that we are better off when we have others to share our experiences and work alongside us. When we face challenges or setbacks, our friends can offer us support and help us get back on our feet.


"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." - Proverbs 13:20

Our friends can influence our beliefs, attitudes, and actions in both positive and negative ways. This verse reminds us that we should choose our companions carefully and seek out friends who will help us grow in wisdom and righteousness.


"Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" - 1 Corinthians 15:33

Similarly, this verse warns us about the dangers of spending time with people who are not committed to living according to God's commands. We should strive to surround ourselves with friends who will encourage us to pursue righteousness and avoid sin.


"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." - Proverbs 17:17

True friendship is characterized by unconditional love and support, even in the toughest of times. In times of trouble or hardship, our friends can be a source of comfort and strength, reminding us that we are not alone.


"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17

Friends can also challenge us to grow and become better versions of ourselves. By sharing their wisdom, offering constructive feedback, and holding us accountable, our friends can help us become more like Christ and better fulfill our callings in life.


"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." - John 15:13

This verse speaks to the profound sacrifice and selflessness that true friendship requires. While most of us will never be called to lay down our lives for a friend, we can still strive to love others with the same depth and intensity that Christ showed in his own life and death.


"Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel." - Proverbs 27:9

Sometimes the best gift a friend can give us is their honesty and guidance, even when it's hard to hear. This verse reminds us that the counsel of a trusted friend can be a source of comfort, sweetness, and joy in our lives.


"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2

One of the most important ways that friendship can embody the love of Christ is by helping others carry their burdens. By offering practical support, emotional comfort, and spiritual encouragement, we can show our friends what it means to love selflessly and sacrificially.


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Encouragement and affirmation are key components of strong friendships. When we take the time to cheer on our friends, celebrate their successes, and remind them of their value and worth, we are building them up in Christ and helping them become all that God created them to be.


"Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away." - Proverbs 27:10

Finally, this verse reminds us of the importance of staying connected to our friends even when life gets difficult. In times of crisis or uncertainty, we need the support and care of those who know us best and love us most. Cultivating strong friendships, therefore, is a crucial aspect of our spiritual and emotional wellbeing.


As Christians, we are called to love and care for one another as members of the same body of Christ. Friendship is one of the most beautiful and powerful ways that we can fulfill this calling, offering support, guidance, encouragement, and love to those around us. May we all strive to cultivate strong, meaningful relationships with others, and may we look to these 10 Bible verses as a reminder of the importance of this special bond.



Reflection Questions

How has building meaningful friendships with others strengthened your faith?

What does healthy community and culture amongst your friends look like?

How do you handle difficult conversations when disagreements arise between friends?

Have your friendships ever influenced the decisions you have made in life?


Thanks for joining us today! Don't forget to leave your favourite verses in the comments about this topic.

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