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Godly Friendships: What Does the Bible Say About Friendship?

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Do you have Godly friendships in your life? Do your “true friends” consistently point you to Jesus Christ that you surround yourself with?


As Christians, and women in general, do you know the importance of having Godly friendships in your life? Let’s dive into what does the bible say about friendship?


Keeping this in mind, when you have good news to share who do you want to share your good news with? What about when facing an unknown health scare? Who brings out your best qualities, such as making you laugh?


Do you have Godly friendships that push you to become more look like Jesus in ALL aspects of life? As women, especially Christian women, it’s of the utmost importance we have friends that will help us in all these areas.

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Do you have Godly Friendships in your life?

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Do you consider yourself a “good friend” to those around you? I suppose the better question to ask would be…Are YOU being a Godly friend?


As Christian women, we need Godly friendships of women that will be “real” with us and keep us on a straight path in Godly wisdom right? This is such truth even when it may be something we may not want to be said to us.


In all honesty, I have been a loner for the biggest majority of my life. Can you relate? As I said before my sister and I was brought up in a very sheltered environment and to be honest now that I am much older I’m truly grateful for that.


Back home in Kentucky, I’m known as the “girl that never spoke.” Lol! Now I’m outta my shell somewhat, but I’m still quite reserved and keep to myself.


What does the Bible say about true friendship?


True friendship is one of the greatest blessings given to us from our perfect Heavenly Father.


We ALL have those special friends in our lives who know our deepest darkest secrets yet they choose to love us, faults and all, for who we really are, no matter what.


These Godly friendships always know the right words to say at exactly the right time when we need it the most.


Unfortunately, if we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves taking our God-given Godly friendships for granted, right? Now, I can only speak for myself, but I know I do if I’m totally honest.


My “bestie” Maria knows without a shadow of a doubt that I will be there for her always, however, that being said, I need to make it a priority to reach out more than I do!


Sadly, between my hearing loss, my full-time job as an oncology phlebotomist working with cancer patients, family, church, and my website I feel stretched to my limits.


That being said, however, is no excuse to reflect on how important my Godly friendships are to me. It’s not my intention nor is it something I should take for granted.


What is the meaning of true friendship?


True friends are there for you when it’s convenient and also when it is not. True friends are by your side consistently both when you are present and when you are not.


Not only this but Godly friendships are both incredibly honest and authentic with You. True friends keep it real, aren’t phony whatsoever and they’ll prove who they really are when you need them the most.



WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FRIENDSHIPS?


Do you realize that friendship began when the foundation of the earth was created? God said it wasn’t good to be alone. The following verses state God’s intentions and purposes for relationships, support, and communion with one another.


Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18


Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19


The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam, there was not found a helper fit for him. Genesis 2:20


So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. Genesis 2:21


And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Genesis 2:22


What does Proverbs say about friendship and Godly Friendships?


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


Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20


What is an example of a biblical definition of true Godly friendship?


The best example in the Bible of true friends is David and Jonathan. The bible states clearly of their close friendship and the verses are below for reference.


As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:1


And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 1 Samuel 18:2


Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:3


And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:4


And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 1 Samuel 18:5


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Jonathan Protects David from his father


And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David. 1 Samuel 19:1


And Jonathan told David, “Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide your self. 1 Samuel 19:2


And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you. And if I learn anything I will tell you.” 1 Samuel 19:3


And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you. 1 Samuel 19:4


For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the Lord worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by killing David without cause?” 1 Samuel 19:5


And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan. Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.” 1 Samuel 19:6


And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan reported to him all these things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before. 1 Samuel 19:7


What does the bible say about friendship: DAVID’S LAMENT FOR SAUL AND JONATHAN


Read how God used David and Jonathan’s friendship to pave the throne for David. Jonathan risked his life for his friend. 1 Samuel 20. David had a deep loyalty to Jonathan and his gratefulness for their friendship outweighed the animosity between Saul and David.


And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son. 2 Samuel 1:17


And he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said: 2 Samuel 1:18


Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places. How the mighty have fallen! 2 Samuel 1:19


Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult. 2 Samuel 1:20


You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you nor fields of offerings! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. 2 Samuel 1:21


From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 2 Samuel 1:22


Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions. 2 Samuel 1:23


You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 2 Samuel 1:24


How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain on your high places. 2 Samuel 1:25


I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women. 2 Samuel 1:26


How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished! 2 Samuel 1:27



Why are Godly friendships so important?


After reading and meditating over the story between Jonathan and David I pray you understand the importance of true friends. What an amazing example right?


That being said, God is infinite and knew the struggles David and Saul would have. God knew the hardships you and I will EVER face, sweet friend from our past, present, and future too.


Godly friendships provide the support needed to see us through life’s challenges, both the ups and downs. First and foremost, God is and should be the one we turn towards first…no matter what.


That being said, God also has given us the gift of Godly friendships and I am forever grateful for this blessing, aren’t you?


Why should we pursue Godly friendships?


God has given us the tremendous blessing of Godly friendships, that being said, however, we have also have an adversary…Satan himself, who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy the way God intended friendships to be. With this in mind, you and I must use discernment on the friends we pursue and make certain they’re Godly friendships?


I’m more than certain you’ve heard the phrase your personality becomes like those you surround yourselves with, right? I don’t mean to come across as judging others but whether we choose to believe this or not, it’s a proven fact time and time again.


Thoughts become actions! Actions become words! Let’s not forget about gossiping too. Ouch! Pray for the Holy Spirit to speak truth to your heart and soul and do the convicting in your own life. Trust me when I say I’ve been under conviction about this very topic more than once!


What are the CHARACTERISTICS OF Godly FRIENDships ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE?


What does a Godly friendship look like?  Look for the following characteristics:


True friends (Godly friendships) don’t expect anything from you.


Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6


True friends (Godly friendships) are compassionate and kind.


Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Colossians 3:12


True friends (Godly friendships) extend forgiveness.


Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13


True friends (Godly friendships) rejoice with you and give you a shoulder to cry on.


Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15


True friends (Godly friendships) listen intently to what you have to say.


Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. James 1:19


True friends (Godly friendships) help carry your burdens.


Bear one another burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2


True friends (Godly friendships) send up prayers on your behalf to God.


Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16


True friends (Godly friendships) lovingly point you back to Jesus Christ if you are falling away.


But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13


WHY DO WE NEED GODLY FRIENDShips IN OUR LIves?


We need to be in a community of Godly friends that have the same common goal as we do. What does this look like? Are you a Godly friend to those around you? Check out the post from my friend Susan Nelson about what Godly friendship is and isn’t.


GODLY FRIENDS keeps us accountable for our actions


This one is huge for me sweet friend. Why? More often than not we can become so blinded by our “own sin” that we can’t see our own sin. Maybe we do see it, but rather we choose to “ignore it” altogether right?


True friends will tell us when we’re veering off our God-given path. Don’t get me wrong they will do this in a nonjudgemental way.


I couldn’t be more thankful for my lifegroup friends. I know without a shadow of a doubt all of them will speak the truth to me when I “mess up.” Not only this, but they will also hold me accountable. I NEED THIS!


My husband and I host and lead Lifegroup in our home and we have what called accountability time. We separate the men from the women and bare our souls to one another. Believe it or not, this is a necessary and powerful thing!


GODLY friendships speak truth to us


Point plank honesty here y’all. True friends aren’t scared to tell like it is. They’ll be brutally honest with you. Again, more often than not they see something more clearly than we can see for ourselves. When it comes to what does the bible say about friendship…This is the definition of true friends!


GODLY FRIENDShips HELP US THROUGH life’s challenging times


Life isn’t easy sweet friend. Becoming a Christian does not make you or I exempt from trials and suffering. Look at Job and ALL he went through. What did His true friends say and do? I rest my case!


GODLY FRIENDShips keep us on the right path in our daily Sanctification


Godly friendships make us all around better people. How? They help us make God-honoring choices and help us to keep our focus on what it needs to be on…All things from an eternal perspective versus a worldly perspective. Can I get an AMEN?


True Friends encourage


Do you know that Godly friendships are as much a part of our family as blood relatives are? Most of my family live in Kentucky so I lean on my Lifegroup and church family for encouragement, prayer, and to help keep me focused on the right path. I know without a shadow of a doubt if I’m struggling I can text any member for guidance. This is being true friends to one another.


TRUE FRIENDs point you to Jesus


We all have people in our lives that are “our friends.” That being said, however, they may not be a Christian and are on a completely different path than you are on. Does this mean you should stop being their friend? Absolutely NOT! We MUST make it a priority to be a positive witness to them and point them to Jesus.


In other words, be a living testimony and light for Christ that they notice something different about you. Trust me, they will notice and ask questions. Just keep in mind you become who you hang around…pursue Godly friendships. Theses relationships consistently point you to Jesus and they will be TRUE FRIENDS that you will need in your life!


What does the Bible say about friendship and true friends?


And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25


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


A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22


Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17


Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:6


Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Proverbs 27:9


Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. Proverbs 22:24-25 


Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33


Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. Ecclesiastes 4:9


For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:10


Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? Ecclesiastes 4:11


And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him, a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12


In Closing on Godly Friendships: What Does the Bible Say About Friendship?


I sincerely pray that you understand the importance of what does the bible say about friendship? Can I ask who are you encouraging others to be? Character is a defining trait of godly friendships. Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. -Proverbs 13:20. “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.”


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  1. Hi Angie! Yes it is so important to have Godly relationships as iron sharpens iron! I feel so grateful that two of my best friends from childhood and myself are now God fearing women, but we weren’t always. It’s as if God predestined our relationships though. I surely believe that God gave us to one another and our friendships were part of His plan. I enjoyed your post, God bless you.

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