Friendship has real importance in the Bible, and it is often emphasized. Friendship is based on the feeling of love. (Matthew 22:37) Then he asked his disciples to love the Lord with all their hearts and souls and then to love their neighbors as themselves. (Matthew 22:39) Friendship is based on a sense of love. (Matthew 22:39) These next Bible verses are perfect illustrations of the place that God can have in a friendship and how he can use it to accomplish his plan.
Here is a selection of 10 Bible verses on friendship:
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
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.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
1 Peter 4:8-10
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
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. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
3 John 1:2
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Sharing the Gospel with a friend...It begins in the same way Jesus did with us... By loving! Jesus loved us. He did not give us religious teaching. He offered Himself.
And this is also the best thing we can do to share the message of the Gospel.
By sharing, by loving, by helping, by accompanying, you will reveal the love of Christ to those around you.
Here 4 Bible versesyou can share with friends:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Jonathan and David: A Loyal Friendship
Jonathan and David's friendship is a fine example of sacrifice and loyalty. Jonathan protected David from those who would harm him, and then returned to serve with his father. He said goodbye to David, "May the LORD be between me and you forever, and between my seed and your seed. "1 Samuel 20:42. After Jonathan's death, David will take Jonathan's crippled son as one of his own. (2 Samuel 9) He will also take Jonathan's crippled son as one of his own.
Elijah and Elisha: A Friendship that Edifies
When Elijah was preparing to go to Bethel, he ordered Elisha, his servant, not to go with him. Elisha replied, "I will not leave you," and he said, "I will not leave you. (2 Kings 2:2) He knew what would happen, but he went with him anyway. As they talked like two old friends, "a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated them from one another, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind" (2 Kings 2:9-12).
Paul and Timothy: A Friendship at the Service of the Gospel
(1 Corinthians 4:17) Paul was Timothy's mentor and regarded him as his "beloved child. (1 Corinthians 4:17) Together, the two friends were determined to spread the gospel. God calls us to seek God's wisdom and then to pass it on. God spreads his gospel through the way we live and through our friendships.
Ruth and Naomi: A Faithful Friendship
Naomi first lost her husband and then her two sons over the next 10 years (Ruth 1:3-5). (Ruth 1:3-5) As she decided to leave her homeland, she asked her daughters-in-law to return to their mother's house, but "Ruth clung to her. (Ruth 1:14) This friendship demonstrates God's faithfulness to those who are committed to serving others.
Mark and Paul: A Friendship that Offers Trust
The friendship of Mark and Paul teaches us never to exclude someone as a friend. Paul and Barnabas, who had been good friends, split up because of their disagreement over Mark's character. Mark would later join the group of friends guided by Christ and be "useful for ministry" (2 Timothy 4:11). Christ never excludes us. Even if some friendships turn out to be quick and fleeting, they can have a wonderful impact on our lives.
Jesus and John: A Faithful Friendship to the Point of Death
John, one of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was lying on Jesus' bosom" (John 13:23). (John 13:23) He proclaimed himself to be the favorite of the Twelve. John is the only one of the twelve disciples who remained at the foot of the cross. Loyalty and trust are important factors in friendship. The more trustworthy we are, the more people will trust us.
Moses and Aaron: A friendship for a vision
(Exodus 4:2-9) God worked three miracles to overcome Moses' fear of speaking before Pharaoh. (Exodus 4:2-9) But he asked God to send someone else to do so, and God sent Aaron. (Exodus 4:14) Moses and Aaron confronted Pharaoh and eventually led their people out of Egypt. God gives us friends to help us do what we think is impossible because of fear. Two friends who walk in faith are not necessarily perfect but they are almost invincible.
Abraham and Lot: A Friendship that Helps
At the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah, the four kings seized all their possessions and Lot, Abraham's nephew (Genesis 14:11-12). (Genesis 14:14-16) Abraham's reaction was to act to save his nephew. (Genesis 14:14-16) Abraham put his life on the line for Lot to restore his friend's freedom. What a beautiful example of selfless and sacrificial love!
Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus: Friendship for Reconciliation
Onesimus was Philemon's slave who had run away after stealing him. (Philemon 1:12) Onesimus will meet Paul and the two will become close friends. (Philemon 1:12) Paul wrote a letter to Philemon in favor of Onesimus (Philemon 1:18) and then sent it back to Philemon. Instead of selfishly looking at what our friends can do for us, likewise, seek to know the purpose for which God has placed them near us.
Jesus and you: A friendship that gives everything
Bible verses on friendship from John:
(John 15:13) "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. There is no greater friendship than that between you and Jesus. He knew every detail about you before you were born."
(John 15:14) "You are my friends. Jesus gave his life on the cross so that you might be saved. "
(John 15:16) "You did not choose me, but I chose you."
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