Thursday, March 1, 2012

Friendship in the Bible

Friendship in the Bible ♥
By: Unknown Author

This collection of friendship Bible verses celebrates the blessings of God in the gift of true friendship:

True and Lasting Friendship Can Occur Suddenly

1 Samuel 18:1–3 After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn't let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.

Godly Friends Give Good Advice

Proverbs 12:26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. 

Gossip Separates Best Friends

Proverbs 16:28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

Loyal Friends Love through Difficult Times

Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. 

Faithful Friends are a Rare Treasure

Proverbs 18:24 There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Reliable Friends are Hard to Find

Proverbs 20:6 Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? 

Purity and Integrity Gain the Friendship of Kings

Proverbs 22:11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.

The Wrong Friends Can Have a Negative Influence

Proverbs 22:24–25 Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. 

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers. 

Sincere Friends Speak the Truth in Love, Even When it Hurts

Proverbs 27:5-6 An open rebuke is better than hidden love. Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. 

Counsel from a Friend is Pleasing

Proverbs 27:9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. 

Friends Shape and Sharpen One Another

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

True Friends Strengthen and Help Each Other

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. 

Friendship is Marked by Sacrifice

John 15:13–15 There is no greater love than 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 slaves, because a master doesn't confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 

The Lord is a Friend to the Godly

Proverbs 3:32 Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly. 

Friendship with the World Makes You an Enemy of God

James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.  


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