The Bible provides a lot of advice on friendship. The teachings help us understand the true meaning of a friend, the way we should behave with our friends, and the respect that a friend should be given. The Holy Bible also talks about God being our friend. The following verses from the Bible will help you discover the importance of true friendship.
*All Biblical verses are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV).
Bible Verses about Friendship
1 Samuel 18:1-3
"And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul."
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
"Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare."
"If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you."
"A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends."
"Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?"
"One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray"
"He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.."
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
"Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed."
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
"Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy."
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."
These are some of the Biblical verses that provide invaluable advice about choosing friends carefully and staying loyal to a true friend. You need to encourage your friends to remain on the path of virtue and righteousness. We need to behave with our friends as we want them to behave with us. This means, we need to be loyal and trustworthy individuals. Importantly, we should never leave the friends who stood by us during our adversity.