We all have friends in our society or in our work areas whom we share our thoughts and feelings. When we come closer with somebody else we discuss our problems and our happiness with them thus we form a relationship of friendship.
But sometimes those friends leave the earth and that make us upset. As the human beings are temporary on this universe so, one day we all have to leave this earth. Apart from that human being are not trustworthy because the sin controls us.
Bible encourage us to to make friendship with others those who are in same direction towards Jesus. Even Jesus claimed that he would be our friend if we completely obey him in our every aspects of life. Jesus taught to love each other the way He loves us. Our friendship will be sweet when will put Jesus first.
Sometimes we cannot tell our feelings toward parents and that makes us upset inside but it while we we share with our friends it help us to get the the joy out of that situation.
In this article we have discussed the friendship with God and the the result of it which will give us an eternal life.
Characteristics of a good friend according to the bible are God-fearing, holy and true followers of Jesus.
Job 6:14(NRSV)“Those who withhold kindness from a friend forsake the fear of the Almighty”
Explanation :-One who does not fear God will have no mercy to his friends. He can be unfaithful to everyone. Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Proverbs 18:24(NRSV)“Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin”
Explanation :-We all have friends but out of them some might be free in the time of needs. Some also will show sympathy but eventually they will become useless when we need them. But a true friend can play a major role in our danger.
John 15:13(NRSV)” No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”
Explanation :-The greatest love was displayed by Jesus on the cross by giving his precious life for our sake. No friends will give their life for other but as Jesus loves us so only he can gave his life for us.
Proverbs 17:17(NRSV)“A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity”
Explanation :-In our family members and relatives are always guide us and help us in every situation that we face. But sometimes they hide themselves from us when we badly need them. We seek help from them but they remain silent. Friend who you love always will help without any condition at that sudden point of time.
Proverbs 27:5-6(NRSV)“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse are the kisses of an enemy”
Explanation :-It would be best if someone scold instead of hiding the truth and showing a gentle face before him. We commit mistakes but still we should try to perform our best. When we fail to satisfy others, they get advantage to rule over us by misbehavior.
Proverbs 22:24-25(NRSV)“Make no friends with those given to anger, and do not associate with hotheads, or you may learn their ways and entangle yourself in a snare”
Explanation :-Bible is the word of God that guides the children of God from destruction to construction in such a way where God places his words in the hearts of believers. It suggests not to mingle with the people those who are short-tempered and get angry easily because that nature would be practiced by us.
Proverbs 17:9(NRSV)“One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend”
Explanation :-We should forget and forgive others. If we keep in mind their mistakes , God will not answer our prayer. Jesus wants His people to live in peace and encourage to each others for the sake of righteousness.
1 John 4:7(NRSV)“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God”
Explanation :-Children of God should love each other as it’s the commandment of God and at the same time it will help to form a better relationship among the disciples.
Galatians 6:2(NRSV)“Bear one another burdens, and in this way you will fulfill[a] the law of Christ”
Explanation :-The believers should take care of others because it is the will of God. One should take the burden of others when the person needs the help. This world is not for us, we are not going to live here permanently. As long as we are here we have to help others.
Proverbs 12:26(NRSV)“The righteous gives good advice to friends, but the way of the wicked leads astray”
Explanation :-a man of God who is righteous will always guide a man in the path of righteousness but the one who has gone astray,will always lead you in the destruction. So it is important to make friends because that will affect your spiritual life.
Luke 16:9(NRSV)“And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes”
Explanation :-We should only make friends with Jesus alone . Only He will take us into the eternal life. Christians should not make friendship with the world.
Job 42:10(NRSV)“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before”
Explanation :-While Job was sick his friends came to visit him and gave so much advice. God was pleased with the prayer of Job. Instantly the Lord restored everything to Job. God blessed him and returned everything he lost.
1 John 4:11(NRSV)“Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another”
Explanation :-God wants his children to love each other because they all would be his sons and daughters. To become a true friend it is important to forgive others and to love the enemies even though they might be against office but steel we should show our loving heart toward them.
Bible Verses About Friendship With God(Jesus)
When we come near to Jesus we get feelings to share our deepest sorrows to Him. As Jesus invited those who are weary and tired to come before him to lighten their burden by him. Here the Lord desires to build a friendship with us so that we can tell our things to him.
Jesus said that he came on this earth so that we can get our life fully. We all are living on this sinful world where we all have our own problems. To get rid of those problems we should come before Jesus and surrender our life to him and he will bless us.
It is very easy to to make a closer relationship with Jesus and the more we will go near him the more he will come near us.
Jesus is the perfect friend of each and every individual who are on this earth.
It would be wise for us to make a friendship with him so that we can get peace and joy. In our friendship and community Jesus must be established.
John 15:15(NRSV)“I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father”
Explanation :-Here Jesus claimed that he did not call us slaves he called us His friends. A master will never tell what he will do next to his slaves but Jesus predicted everything that will happen in the future . He offered himself as a friend of his believers those who will seek him in the deepest heart and will follow all of His commandments.
Proverbs 22:11(NRSV)“Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech will have the king as a friend”
Explanation :-A king always looks for a person who will be simple in heart and very good at speaking to rule the nation. King knows the need of righteous man. To look after the nation the people must be loyal.
James 2:23(NRSV)“Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God”
Explanation :-The story of Abraham is very important for every Christians. Abraham was obedient to God and at the same time he followed what the Lord brought before him and because of his obedience he was such a gentleman insight of the Lord. He believed what the Lord said and that made him to be the friend of God.
Exodus 33:11(NRSV)“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses’ face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then he would return to the camp; but his young assistant, Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the tent”
Explanation :-Moses was used by the Lord to bring out the nation Israel from the land of Egypt. The Lord spoke face to face with Moses in the mount Sinai while he was meeting him to give some laws about how to live on the the earth. God revealed himself in front of Moses so that he would know who the lord is and The mighty hand of the Lord he had experienced in his time.
Job 29:4(NRSV)“when I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent”
Explanation :-Job experienced that a lot is so kindness and is good when he was in the time of neet, extended his hand over him. It was such a hard time for him but when the lord was with him he could be he would wear the heart time.
James 4:4(NRSV)“Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God”
Explanation :-Believers should not make friendship with this sinful world because there is another world waiting for them to get in where the lord will be with us forever and ever. The one who loves this world it will bring a temptation for him and eventually he will be separated from the presence ofl Lord.
Luke 1:35(NRSV)“The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God”
Explanation :-It is the prediction of Christ’s birth. Jesus was born by the Holy Spirit and the name was given by the Lord.
What Does The Bible Say About Friendship?
Bible allows us to make friends but at the same time it warns us to be careful. Friends play a vital role in our feelings so for choosing friends we must think whether they deserve our company or not.
Our friendship will be Christ-centered. We need to scrutinize every thoughts and action that we do with our friends. The word of God tells us to leave all kinds of evil company.
What Is A True Friend?
When the lord tested Job with the sickness he suffered a lot. But he did not complain against God about his sufferings. His pain was severe but he knew that God had a better plan for him though he is suffering today God will restore him again.
When Job’s friends came to know that Job was seek, they came to meet him. From afar they saw Job and they could not recognize him as the sickness changed his body appearance. For the seven days they spent without a single word and they were extremely sad for their friend Job.
A good friend will always give a company when the others in need. From the life of Job’s friends we can get to know that they were helpful for him in such a way to give him mentally strength at the time of his sickness.
Friend means the one who helped in the times of need. most of people that don’t understand the real meaning of friendship.
Some people think that if we talk if we just mingle with my fellow workers or classmates they will be my friends. But in reality they are actually not friends because we might have so many people with whom we talk regularly but out of them only few will help us when we are in need of them.
Those few will be our friends. A man of God should always so his loyalty to friends. A good friend is a blessing from the Lord.
Who Is A Bad Friend?
Bible warns us to give up evil company as they will separate us from the holiness of God. Some friends of us might be out only spiritual and active in the charge but when we closely look at their personal life we can understand how far they are from the Lord.
The word of god tells us not to backbites our friends and gossips about our friends because this will bring separation and this unity among us.
Some friends of us will always discuss the world things that disturb your mind to concentrate on God. We should be very careful for choosing a friend because friend who will always encourage us to do the things which he does. Making friendships with an evil person will cause conflict in the future.
Who Was Jesus Best Friend?
Jesus was God in the flesh so He talked with many people. He also performed many miracles as long as He was on earth. His humble nature tempted people to come near Him.
In the beginning He had only twelve disciples but today many people running after Him. Out of twelve disciples Peter was favored by Him.
Jesus told him that upon this rock I will establish my church and the key of the heaven will be in your hands.
Jesus loved him very much as he was obedient to Him.