We may have friends, or only a few. Some are acquaintances and some are best friends. For us, a friend is someone we can hang out with but in the bible, it has a lot to say about friendship, but it’s different from what we think.
One of the best examples of friendship is David and Jonathan. They were more than a brother, in fact closer than a brother. According to the bible, commitment is the word that implies the real meaning of friendship. In Psalm 119:63 it says, “I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.” Friends tell you the truth even at the risk of hurting your feelings. Friends should have fear with God. In Prov. 28:28; “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” Friends will love you still even if you came from the clan of enemy, just like Jonathan. He is the son of David’s enemy and Jonathan became his loyal friend. “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you” (I Sam 20:4). Jonathan takes a risk for his own life to save David’s life. The value of friends is one of the most important things in a person’s life: Their worth are not diminished by time, not devalued by inflation, not worn out by use, but like a fine wine, they improve with time; Proverbs 27:9.
Greatest Friend is God
James 4:8 ESV
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
How To Pick Your Friends
Proverbs 12:26 ESV
One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 13:20 ESV
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 14:6-7 ESV
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV
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.
1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
How To Treat Your Friends
Luke 6:31 ESV
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Romans 12:10 ESV
Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Colossians 3:12-14 ESV
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Proverbs 17:17 A ESV
friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 19:20 ESV
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 24:5 ESV
A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
Proverbs 27:17 ESV
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Bible Examples of Friendship
•Ruth and Naomi
Ruth 1:16-17 ESV
But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where 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. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
•David and Jonathan
1 Samuel 18:1-3 ESV
As soon as 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. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.