Anna Taylor once said
“Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.”
We meet new people every day. Through our interaction, we choose our friends. As expected, we tag our closest friends as best friends.
But here is the truth, it is difficult to tell who is your best friend. This is because, though we have people around us that act as they care, its only God that searches the heart.
Our almighty father through the prophet Jeremiah said
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings Jeremiah 17:10
Thus, since we cannot search for the heart of man, we must rely on bible verses about best friends to guide us. If we lean on our own understanding while searching for our friends, there is a tendency that we will be misled.
The heart of man is desperately wicked, and only God can see what’s inside.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Therefore, best friend bible verses are an easy way to identify our friends and choose them wisely.
With that said, there are important qualities you can identify on your own. A good friend is one that understands you and supports you in all you do. In times of tribulations and difficulties, a true friend is there to assist you and help.
Your best friends are reliable. They are there through thick and thin and never grumble when things are not going well. Since they are always with you, they understand your flaws too and are willing to help you through them.
Above all, as Christians, we must have friends that share the same faith with us. A friend that believes in God will help strengthen our faith too and assist us in the race for salvation.
Alternatively, Bad friends can influence our decisions. Through corrupt conversations and actions, they can ruin our Good behaviors over time.
What does the bible say about best friends?
As Christians, the bible should be our favorite book to direct our paths. There are documented example of good friends in the Scriptures. Job friends are there for our edification
The story of Job and his friends
An example of a man that persevered and endured in times of extreme temptation is Job. He was upright in God’s service, yet, he lost all he had because God allowed the devil to tempt him.
Job was righteous and had good friends. The actions of his friend are well documented in the book of Job 2:11-13
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great
Here are five takeaway from Job Good friends
1. They heard of the evil that befell him
One quality of a best friend is care. He or she understands your routine and is there to assist you in times of need. Good friends have several ways of getting in touch with you.
In the case of Job, his friends were not staying in one place. They lived in separate places, yet had a way of communicating within themselves.
Lesson: Your best friend should understand you and reach out to you in times of need.
2. They came to see their friend, Job
Hearing about your friend’s tribulations is one thing, visiting them is another. Job friends were caring and were good at heart. Despite having other engagements, they visited him to encourage him in times of difficulties.
Lesson: Your best friend will find time to see you during your hard times to put a smile on your face.
3. The persecution of Job touched them
Job was already passing through a lot of difficulties. The devil has taken away his riches and his children. He was also plagued with illness. When his friends met him, they were without words and unhappy.
A true friend is one that understands and shares in your pain. He takes your tribulations as his own and looks for a solution.
Lesson: Your best friends will feel your pain in times of trials
4. They comforted and stayed with Job
Job friends were not just good at heart, they were comforting. Job was passing through a lot. They were organized in fixing an appointment to see Job, despite staying in different places. When they saw that Job grief was great, they were touch and even decided to stay with him for seven days
Lesson: While your friends come around in times of troubles, your best friends stick with you to comfort you.
5. They prayed for a solution
When they arrived, they were speechless, hurt and showed support. They also prayed to God to help their friend, Job.
They were of the same faith with Job and prayed for healing. Good friends come around, comfort, and look for a solution to your problems.
Lesson: We must have best friends that are willing to find solutions for our problems. Specifically, friends of the same faith in Christ.
Best friend bible verses
I have compiled a list of bible verses about best friends. I hope they encourage you to identify who indeed is your friend and those that stick around for short term gains
1. 1 Samuel 18:1-3 on the friendship between Jonathan and David
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
Having fought and killed the great philistines, Goliath, David was presented before the king Saul. His son Jonathan fell in love with David. He was so impressed with David and loved him as himself.
The friendship between Jonathan and David is one that is not described anywhere else in the bible. Jonathan was far older than David, yet he loved him as his own soul.
When his father Saul became jealous of David and sought to kill him, Jonathan was there to plead on his behalf. In fact, there are several times he watched out for David’s safety. A true friend acts like Jonathan and sticks with you even against the will of his family.
2. Proverbs 17:17 – on what good friends should do
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
The wise king Solomon said a good friend is one that loves you all the time. He is concerned about your safety and your wellbeing. He is not around because of what he gains. He will be there in times of tribulations
During adversity of the devil, a good friend stands with you. He fights your fight and comforts you when you are hurt.
Therefore, if we have friends that continue to love us despite our troubles, we must cherish them too.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. John 15:13-14
3. Proverbs 18:24 on best friends stick together no matter what
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
We all will face challenges in this world. A good friend is one who sticks around like a brother. He fights for us in our times of troubles.
You don’t want to have too many friends that let you down in time of need. If you have a close friend that is truthful and caring, then you have a gift from God.
More Good friends bible verses
4. Job 6:14 – on real friends stand with you even in tribulations
To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
There are numerous ways the devil inflicts pain in our lives. it could be depression, unhappiness, joblessness, death, betrayal or sickness. Whatever you are passing through, a good friend is one who sticks around.
Your real friends will not abandon you when you need them. They will not forsake you in times of need.
5. Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful
A good friend tells us the truth about every situation. He will not mince words and make us feel better. When we are wrong or going against the instructions of God, he is quick to remind you about the right thing to do.
For example, If you engage in fornication, a good friend tells you the truth. He reminds you that it is not possible to live in the flesh and serve God truly. He tells you to return to the body of Christ and stop sinning.
However, if you have friends that encourage you when you wrong, its times to rethink their friendship.