The church is composed of the children of God, so naturally, the Bible contains verses about friendship and love. God designed us companionship. The Bible describes how friendships can be the greatest source of love, guidance, and joy. Through these Bible verses, you can find how to move past the hurt and forgive difficult situations within friendships.
Bible Verses About Friendship and Love
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Absalom said to Hushai, “So this is the love you show your friend? If he’s your friend, why didn’t you go with him?”
7. Luke 11:5-8
Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
10. Job 2:11 (NIV)
When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
11. Job 29:4-6 (NIV)
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.
Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’ ” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
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.
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
27. Luke 10:1 (NIV)
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
28. James 4:4 (NIV)
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Choosing friends is important to your relationship with God. The right friends will treat you with brotherly affection, while bad friends take you further from God. To be a friend of God, you will need to love your neighbor as you love yourself. You are a child of a loving God. Find solace and comfort in your true friends. Friends are made to help carry each other’s burdens. May you find victory through Jesus Christ today.