Important Note: Before reading these Bible verses, it is my hope, first and foremost, that we remember that the Bible wasn’t written to us, but for us. Thankfully, the virtues and love that encompass and infuse true friendship really do not change. Nonetheless, these Bible verses on friendship and friends are singled out and obviously removed from their original context. In doing so, I am not advocating study that replaces thorough, contextual, exegetical work. It is my prayer that we remember to study the Bible as best we can in its original context before we recontextualize and seek its application to our own lives. With all of this said, here are 15 Bible verses about friendship and friends, all of which are organized from Old to New Testament.
12 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, 14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9 (#5 of 15 Bible Verses about Friendship and Friends)
9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
17 A friend loves at all times…
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
20When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
John 15:13 (#10 of 15 Bible Verses about Friendship and Friends)
13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
14You are my friends if you do what I command.
15I 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.
2 Corinthians 7:1
1Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Peter 3:14
14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
1 John 4:7 (#15 of 15 Bible Verses about Friendship and Friends)
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Hopefully you have found these Bible verses about friendship and friends both encouraging and challenging? Have you surrounded yourself with good friends? Are you conscientiously seeking out ways to become a better friend? Are you befriending and showing love to those you may not want to be friends with?
Biblegateway.com; New International Version