Friends are one of the most important people in a person’s life. The type of friends you choose to associate with in life can either make or break you.
Making the right friends in life can make your life better as good friends can spur you on to success and bring out the best in you. Likewise, bad friends can lead you astray and be your downfall.
So it is very important that you make friends with the right people who would help bring out the best in you and draw you closer to God. You also have to try to be a good friend to your friends.
Below are some bible verses about friendship to help you understand what a good friend is. So you will know how to be a good friend and also choose the right friends.
Bible verses about friendship
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God
as one pleads for a friend.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:8-10
“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.
I 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.
Prayer for friendship
I’m very grateful for all the people in my life
Thank you for surrounding me with love and friendship
I commit my friendships into your hands
I pray that you will guide me when it comes to choosing and making friends
Help me to make the right friends in life
Help me to make the right friends that will contribute to my success in life
Help me to make the right friends that will draw me even closer to you
Help me to let go of any bad friends in my life
Help me to let go of any friend who will distract me from your purpose for me
Teach me how to be a good friend
Help me to extend the kind of love that you’ve shown me to others
Help me to be a blessing to those around me
In Jesus’ name, I pray,