I was out running the other day thinking about all I have learned through the years about making and keeping good friends and how most of what I have learned has come straight from the bible. I then began thinking of key verses that have helped me through the years in the area of friendship.
I want to make something clear before I share these 10 verses of friendship that have helped me so much, I am not a perfect friend. I am one moody and introverted person and thankfully my friends offer me grace and forgiveness repeatedly. However, over a decade ago having moved 1000’s of miles from anyone I knew God began a work on my heart through His word on what it takes to be a good friend and I started applying it. Since then I have made some of the deepest friendships of my life. Friends who are so close to my heart ,I truly can say they are like family to me.
Here are 10 Bible Verses I Treasure On Being A Good Friend
I am not going to talk about each and every verse, instead I am going to let the verses speak for themselves. When I was working on my own personal bible study on friendship building I had a few of these verses posted around my house to refer to.
1. Good friends must be wisely chosen
Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NIV)
2. Good friends don’t gossip
Proverbs 16:28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships. (The Message)
3. Good friends are loyal
Proverbs 17:17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,and families stick together in all kinds of trouble. (The Message)
4. Good friends speak the truth
Proverbs 27:5-6 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted,but an enemy multiplies kisses. (NIV)
5. Good friends sharpen one another
Proverbs 27:17 You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. (The Message)
6. Good friends offer great advice
Proverbs 27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. (NIV)
7. Good friends laugh and cry with their friends
Romans 12:15 Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. (The Message)
8. Good friends practice healthy self love
Mark 12:31 The second is this; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no commandment greater than these. (NIV)
9. Good friends know boundaries
Proverbs 25:17 And when you find a friend don’t outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up. (The Message)
10. Good friends are willing to sacrifice
John15:13 This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.
Other articles I have written on making friendships
- 5 tips For Cultivating Friendships In A Busy World
- 5 Ways Friends Keep You Fit
- From New Town To Home Town Creating Friendship & Community
- You Don’t Need To Make Time For Friends
- 10 Bible Verses On The Power Of Our Words
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