10 Encouraging Bible Verses About Friendship

What does the Bible say about friendship? How important are your friends? How should you treat your friends? Here are ten Bible verses about Friendship to help encourage you to a more biblical view of your relationships. These verses are great for a Bible study or devotional on the topic

1. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. --Proverbs 17:17

2. A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. --Proverbs 18:24

3. Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered. --Proverbs 22:24

4. Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. --Proverbs 27:6

5. Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel. --Proverbs 27:9

6. Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you--better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. --Proverbs 27:10

7. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. --Proverbs 27:17

8. Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? --Amos 3:3

9. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. --John 15:13

10. You are my friends if you do what I command. --John 15:14

Friendships are among our most valuable assets. Acquiring quality companions-those who will laugh with us in good times and stand by us during trials-requires shared commitment and an investment of time and energy. Healthy relationships thrive on . . .

Transparency. We must be honest with friends and encourage them to be truthful in return. To preserve a strong bond, we can't hide hurts or feelings of rejection they may have caused. Transparency that is tied to accountability can also help make each individual a better person. A solid relationship allows each party to gently point out errors in the other's life and offer loving correction.

Time and talk. Genuine friendship takes time to develop. We must be willing to put aside other obligations and give priority to moments spent together. A generous portion of our time with each other should be spent talking-speaking about our thoughts and desires and also asking questions to prompt our companion to open up. This type of conversation allows a glimpse into the other person's heart and mind.

Thanks. Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Expressing gratitude when friends are helpful will remind them that we're thankful to have them in our life. Moreover, we affirm our love when we communicate how much we enjoy a certain aspect of their personality or remember an occasion that is special to them.

Being a good friend is a way to serve the Lord. He designed us to be in relationship with others, so we should give our best to every companion the Lord places in our life.

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