What does having godly friendships look like? How should true friends treat each other and maintain their friendship? Today we are going to be exploring friendship. Below I’m sharing 20 warm bible verses about friendship. Whether you have great friends who make your life better or you are in search of friends, these verses will give you guidance on godly friendships. You don’t have to follow God alone when there are many people out there who are also looking for loyal, godly, and genuine friends!
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Friendships In The Bible
Examples Of Close Friendships
David and Jonathan
1 Samuel 18:1-4 Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. (NKJV)
Ruth and Naomi
Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.” (NKJV)
Jesus and His disciples
Examples Of Broken Friendships
Abraham and Lot
Genesis 13:5-9 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land. So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” (NKJV)
David and Saul
1 Samuel 18:8-9 Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” So Saul eyed David from that day forward. (NKJV)
Joseph and his brothers
Genesis 37:4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. (NKJV)
20 Warm Bible Verses About Friendship
What True Friends Do
1. True friends love at all times.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (NKJV)
2. True friends lift us up when we fall.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. (NKJV)
3. True friends are like family.
4. True friends are capable of making sacrifices for one another.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (NKJV)
5. True friends help each other grow.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. (NKJV)
6. True friends serve each other.
Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (NKJV)
7. True friends live in unity.
Philippians 2:2 Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (NKJV)
8. True friends consider one another.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. (NKJV)
9. True friends are affectionate with one another.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; (NKJV)
10. True friends love each other with godly love.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (NKJV)
The Importance Of Friendship
11. Two is better than one.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. (NKJV)
12. Friends keep your heart warm.
Ecclesiastes 4:11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone? (NKJV)
13. A threefold cord can’t be easily broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (NKJV)
Love in friendships
14. Loving our friends is a way of showing our love for God.
1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NKJV)
15. Love is the key to lasting friendships.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (NKJV)
16. Love keeps friends bonded.
Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (NKJV)
17. Love endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (NKJV)
18. God teaches us how to love our friends.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; (NKJV)
19. Our love for our friends should be pure and sincere.
1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart. (NKJV)
20. We are known as children of God through our love for one another.
How To Maintain Godly Friendships
- Pray for your friends regularly.
- Treat your friends with respect and kindness.
- Make an effort to be understanding and supportive.
- Communicate openly and genuinely.
- Spend time with each other doing things you both love.
- Keep each other accountable about your relationship with God.
- Do christian activities together.
- Support each other’s goals inside and outside of church.
I hope you enjoyed reading 20 warm bible verses about friendship. Let me know in the comments below which bible verse spoke to you the most.
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Sending you blessings & love,