There are many scriptures in the Bible that explain the criteria we should use when choosing friends, what it means to be a good friend, how friends can hurt us, and the importance of having the right people in our lives. The following verses are quoted then followed by a brief comment.
Scriptures on Friendship
- Proverbs 12:26 – “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”The friends we choose can change our lives forever. If we choose the wrong type of friend, their influence can corrupt us and cause irreparable damage (1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 13:20).
- Proverbs 14:20 – “The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.”This is superficial friendship. People love you if you have something that benefits them, but if you don’t have anything they need or want, they hate you because you are of no value to them (Proverbs 19:4-7).
- Proverbs 17:9 – “He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.”In Genesis 9:18-28, Noah planted a vineyard, made wine, got drunk, then passed out naked in his tent. Ham, his son, saw him and told his two brothers. As a result, Ham was cursed, but Shem and Japheth were blessed (Proverbs 11:13, Proverbs 16:28).
- Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”Contrary to the superficial friendship in Proverbs 14:20, this verse deals with true friendship. True friends love you whether you are rich or poor, going through difficulty, or experiencing blessing. What type of friends are we? What kind of friends are we surrounding ourselves with? True friends love at all times.
- Proverbs 18:24 – “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”How do we make friends? Simple, be a friend to others. People often wonder why they don’t have many friends. It’s because they are not friendly.
- Proverbs 27:6 – “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”Real friends tell the truth, even if it hurts and is not pleasant at the time. They tell the truth in love so we can grow from it. Paul put it this way, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). A true friend tells the truth, even if it risks the friendship (Proverbs 9:8-9, Proverbs 27:17).
- Zechariah 13:6 – “And one will say to him, what are these wounds between your arms? Then he will answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”This was a prophecy of Jesus being flogged and crucified (Matthew 27:11-54). The Jews, Jesus’ friends, handed Him over to the Romans to be scourged and crucified on the cross. Pilate wanted to set Him free and deliver up Barabbas, but the Jews refused and asked for Barabbas to be set free and Jesus to be delivered up to the cross instead. Jesus was wounded in the house of His friends.
- Luke 16:9 – “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.”This is an interesting verse. A steward of a certain rich man was about to lose his position and didn’t know what he would do afterward. He could no longer do manual labor and was to ashamed to beg. He gathered those who owed his master money and one by one reduced what they owed. When his master found out what he had done, he commended him because “he had dealt shrewdly” (Luke 16:8). Jesus seemed to commend these actions saying, “The sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light” (Luke 16:8). Although we are, to be honest in our dealings with people, there are times we must be shrewd to make sure we are with the right people.
- John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”Sacrificial love is the greatest love anyone will ever experience. God displayed this kind of love for us when He sent His Son (John 3:16). Jesus showed this in His willingness to lay down His life for us that we might be saved. The best and dearest friend is one who is willing to lay down their life for us, the ultimate demonstration of sacrificial love. John wrote, “Hereby perceive we the love of God because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).
- John 15:14 – “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”Jesus says our friendship is contingent upon whether or not we are willing to obey whatever He asks of us. Mary to…CONTINUE READING…@ https://www.ministrymaker.com
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