Six Great Bible Verses for Friends


If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. - George McDonald


Sometimes it is easy to create expressions of love which will caress the heart of a friend. At other times, it may be easier to share a Scripture verse--not to appear religiously superior or for any other selfish reason, but to share God-inspired love with God-inspired words.

Still, Emily Timbo advises that quoting Scripture is not always the thing to do. “What should be most important to us is not having a handy verse ready to quote, but the character of Christ within us, shining through.”1

So even among special friends, the primary responsibility is demonstrating godly character. Sharing Bible verses is just one way to nurture the character and the friendship. Here are six great Bible verses which translate into love for a special friend.

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(1) Personal Interest

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit (3 John 1: 2 NLT)

Rarely is the greeter interested in the answer to “How are you?” Just as rarely does the respondent give an honest answer. There is no time in the usual friendly greeting for detailed information on feelings. A special friend,however, finds time to inquire into the nuts and bolts of the other person's existence and to express hope for the most desirable situation—good health physically and spiritually.

The Bible verse is from a personal letter which the Apostle John writes to a friend named Gaius, commending him for his kindness to others and his faithfulness to God. Special friends observe and encourage success in all areas of life. John shows genuine interest by closing his letter with a promise to visit, and communicate “face to face.”


(2) Prayer

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God (Philippians 1: 3 NLT).

The Apostle Paul had great affection for the believers at Philippi, who, it is believed, were the first established European community of Christians.2 As evidence of his successful spread of the gospel, they brought him much joy. He thanked them and thanked God for them.

Giving thanks is the simplest form of appreciation for whatever makes someone special. It could also be the most significant because:

  • It encourages the friends to recognize God as the Creator of their friendship;
  • It keeps God in the relationship.

Paul prayed as often as he thought of his friends. This is a good friendship habit to share.


(3) Perspective

A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3: 4 NLT).

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Perspective

“The funeral and the wedding, the hired mourners and the guests at the marriage-feast, are set against one another. The first clause intimates the spontaneous manifestation of the feelings of the heart; the second, their formal expression in the performances at funerals and weddings and on other solemn occasions.”3

Change in circumstances is a regular part of life. Generally, a friend shares both the laughter and the tears, and provides constant support to the one who is experiencing the change.

The quote comes from a chapter promoting the sovereignty of God over a list of opposite human experiences. Often, it is the perspective of one special friend which helps the other one to see that “God has made everything beautiful for its own time” (Ecclesiastes 3: 11).


(4) Persuasion

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. . . Neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow . . . can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38 NLT).

Friends are likely to share this verse in an attempt to persuade each other that God’s love is dependable, even when it seems otherwise. Paul expands on “nothing” by ruling out supernatural forces, human authorities, traumas and tragedies. He shares his personal conviction that God does not stop loving when life gets rough, nor when human life ceases.

“Death separates men from the world, their worldly habitations and substance; it separates the soul from the body, and one friend from another; and in process of time, may take off all thoughts and affections for departed friends, but it is not able to separate from the love of God.”4

Sometimes God demonstrates His love through the presence of a special friend until the one who is suffering regains mental strength to think things through.

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(5) Priestly Blessing

The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace (Numbers 6: 24-26 NKJV).

This Priestly or Aaronic Blessing was delivered by the Hebrew priests at the end of their morning and evening services. Now that all believers are inducted into the priesthood (1 Peter 2: 5), it can also become a Friendship Blessing. To help understand the significance, notice the meaning the keywords according to their original Hebrew context.5

  • Bless – bend or stoop as parents do when presenting a gift to a child;
  • Keep – like shepherds build a hedge of protection around their sheep;
  • Face and countenance – not only the features reflecting a smile, but the presence of the entire being;
  • Shine – give light to help create order out of darkness;
  • Gracious – creating beauty, warmth, love, friendship, community and sustenance;
  • Peace – having whatever is necessary for wholeness or completion.


(6) Promise

Let us really show [love] by our actions.. . let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God (1 John 3: 18; 4: 7 NLT).

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Promise

Friendship is more than an association. It is a connectedness among individuals who love not only with words, but also with various forms of support.

The Apostle counseled the recipients of his letter that after experiencing God’s love, friends demonstrate love differently than before. They help bring about for others the same well-being and success they desire for themselves.

Unfortunately, some friendships do end.

So, when friends quotes these lines to each other, they share a promise to maintain the same kind of unconditional, lasting love that they receive from God.

They recognize God as the Source of love, and the Creator and Sustainer of special friendships.


Six Other Friendship Verses

Bible Verse
Focus
Philippians 4: 4
joy
Colossians 4: 6
good conversation
1 Peter 2:17
respect
Colossians 3: 13
forgiveness
1 Thessalonians 5: 11
encouragement
Proverbs 17: 17
loyalty

References

1 Timbol, Emily: Huff Post Religion, Stop Quoting Bible Verses at Me, (1/23/2014)

2 The Bible Study Site: Philippi - Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys, Copyright - The Bible Study Site (visitied 01/23/2015)

3 Bible Hub: Pulpit Commentary, Copyright - Biblos.com 2004-2014 (visited 01/23/2015)

4 Ibid.: Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, (visited 01/23/2015)

5 Benner, Jeff A.: Hebrew Language Studies Index, Copyright - Ancient Hebrew Research Center 1999-2014 (visited 01/23/2015)


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sallybea 22 months ago from Norfolk

MsDora you have created here' expressions of love which will caress the heart' and that is what I always feel every time I read your writing. You have a serenity which reminds me of one of my sisters and it is that which keeps me coming back time after time. Thank you

Sally


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

These are certainly six beautiful verses to share with friends, MsDora!

I like what Ms. Timbo advises to allow the love of Christ to shine through to our friends. That is true divine love, agape love.

Wonderful verses to memorize and to share.

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God bless you.

I do hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon there.


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swilliams 22 months ago from Arizona

What a beautiful article! I find that scripture really captures the true depth of all honest releationships! Great job Ms. Dora! Your light shines bright!

Voted up and tweeted out. Very meaningful article! Thank you for the scripture!


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lambservant 22 months ago from Pacific Northwest

Dora, this is simply marvelous. I certainly find this a very helpful way to serve and minister to people, especially those I am close to. Blessings sister.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

That would be so perfect if we shared verses Dora! Even if we had something bad to say; how much better would it be in verse? I love your picture up there and your beautiful smile. Would love to be able to give you a big hug!

Up ans sharing.


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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Very lovely verses and pictures, Dora. The perfect way for me to end my Sunday. Blessings to you, today and always.


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Ericdierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

What wonderful insight and direction you give here Dora. I take the entirety to heart and contemplated on the verses. The sentiment here is worthy of meditating on and never forgetting. Thank you much.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Sally. I'm encouraged by the comparison with your sister. I appreciate your kind thoughts and am glad to share these verses with you.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Faith for reading and sharing. My Sunday afternoon was shared with a friend and was enjoyable. Have a wonderful week!


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Emunah, I appreciate your observation about friendship and Scripture. Thank for sharing.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Lori, blessings to you, too. Thanks for the feedback.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, I love hugs. Thanks for the sweet thoughts. You made me smile about saying something bad in verse. Hopefully, there'll not be many bad things to say. Have a great week!


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, so glad to contribute to a pleasant ending of your day. Have a great week!


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, we can hardly forget these verses if we share them with sincerity. Thanks for your kind support.


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word55 22 months ago from Chicago

Thanks MsDora, reading those verses has shown that love, grace and forgiveness were meant for reformation, healing and rejuvenation in our spiritual way of life. Some friendships are real from the beginnng to always and some are only make believe.


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Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

I can feel the words.. feel the love.. feel the spirit.. MsDora you always compile perfection in your hubs.. always... bless you :)


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, happy to share these verses with you. Thanks for your feedback.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, you offer such sweet encouragement. Thank you, dear friend.


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DDE 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible hub! I like the photos and the great message here. Sometimes acceptance makes it all possible, including love. Another lovely hub from you. All my best to you.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Devika. Acceptance does makes the friendship easier. Love is accepting.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

Beautiful verses, Dora, and a very uplifting hub!


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Shauna. Happy when my friends like my work.


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RonElFran 22 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Great selection of verses, MsDora, and the thought of applying them personally to friends is beautiful. I'm especially struck by how powerful a statement to a friend Philippians 1:3 would be: "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God." Wow! That would give a lift to anybody's day.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Ron, true, Scripture verses are powerful. We can make really good use of them. Thanks for the feedback.


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Romeos Quill 22 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

Such uplifting, encouraging and comforting words chosen by you MsDora accompanied by some of your wonderful snapshots of friends and family in happiness, joy and serenity.

The simplicity of John and Paul's words always seem to carry the weight of glory within them making this Hub a joy to read.

Would like to share this one and thank you.

R.Q.


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

These are very inspirational! Happy u!!Monday to yo


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

This is a beautiful, heartfelt hub. Most anyone would love to receive a message like that from someone who means something to them.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Romeos, thanks for such positive observations. I appreciate your input.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Audrey, knowing that you found inspiration here makes me happy. Thanks for you comment and have a great week!


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, sharing Bible verses has brought me much joy. They do lift the spirit. Thanks for your encouraging feedback.


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MarleneB 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

These verses are so inspirational. Your commentary is beautiful. Thank you for sharing these verses. They have enhanced my life today.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Marlene, Happy New Year! Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback. Glad you were inspired!


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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely hub, Dora. You have shared your beliefs beautifully. I'm sure that many people will appreciate the bible verses that you have quoted and explained so well.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Alicia. Sharing Bible verses and making them applicable is among my favorite things to do.


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Pamela99 22 months ago from United States

I love the way you used different verses that are appropriate for particular situations, but I also agree with you that the most important thing is for the the character of God to flow through us. This is a beautiful hub, that I also marked useful and awesome. The verses you chose were perfect for your descriptions.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Pamela. Sharing a verse is more meaningful when quoted by someone whose life demonstrates godliness. I appreciate your feedback.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london

I found this one very soothing. Of course it's also right up my street. Well written and with the right kind of sensitivity, I feel. Beautiful quotes and lovely pictures. I envy the beautiful garden. It's like Richmond Park, London, UK. Only it's too cold, here now. Much Love Dora.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, the garden is on the grounds of Romney Manor once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of U.S.A.). Will share the history in an article sometime soon. Wish I could share its warmth and beauty, but I"ll let you keep the cold weather. Thanks for your visit.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london

Funny Dee. 'but I"ll let you keep the cold weather'. Right now I don't mind so much. Off to Heidleberg next week, although it's cold there also. But Pujaloy (the Temple) is nice and warm as well as sublime.

Thomas Jefferson is a great favourite of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. One of our members goes around the world giving talks about his life. He has also written a Book called, Light And Liberty about Jefferson's life.

Yes, I did think that the flowers were Caribbean. I did not know, until I visited Grenada when my mom passed two years ago, that we had won first prize in the famous Chelsea Flower show here in London. Inspirational stuff, West Indian flowers!


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tobusiness 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I must confess, after reading the title, I didn't expect to enjoy the read, but I did. As always, beautifully written with some very inspirational quotes. I also love the beautiful images. Voted up and sharing.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Jo, I'm so glad you enjoyed the quotes and the images. Thanks for your beautiful feedback.


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Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

What a lovely hub MsDora! lovely quotes and the wonderful warm feeling behind them to share with friends, I loved it! voted up and shared, nell


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Nell. Glad you love the friendly feeling coming from these Bible verses. Some really good stuff are included in the Scriptures.


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thelyricwriter 22 months ago from West Virginia

MsDora these are absolutely heart warming. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful quotes with us. God is Love :) and God Bless you.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

God bless you, too, LyricWriter. I appreciate your visit and your comment.


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nybride710 22 months ago from Minnesota

I love all of these! Some are well-known to me and others not so much. I'm going to save these for the appropriate times.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Lisa, Welcome to my HubCircle. So glad you like the selected verses. Thank you and see you around!


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janshares 22 months ago from Washington, DC

MsDora, so beautiful, love all of those verses. I definitely have to come back to this hub and take more time to read and apply. This is put together so well. I like the idea of using a concept (friendship) to introduce people to the power of scripture. This is divine and brilliantly done. Bless you, voted up, useful, beautiful, and awesome.


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Jan. Glad you're impressed. Sharing scripture in friendship emails is as easy as copy and paste and they are effective.


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BigMarble 22 months ago from IL

Nice hub, very interesting! Love these Bible verses as well!


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Rosualdo Ponce 21 months ago from Gawad Kalinga Village Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines

MsDora, these verses shows the great love of God inside a friend's heart. Prayer is one of the best gift we can give to a friend. Thank you for this great insights. Voted up, very useful, and interesting.


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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Pastor Gregory. Glad to share verses other people love.


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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Rosualdo, happy to share. Prayers and Scripture verses are worth more than we can imagine. Thanks for your encouragement.


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rajan jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

These are so spiritually uplifting verses, the perfect gift for those whom we care about. Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, thanks for underscoring the gift value of genuine, caring friendship. Really, giving of ourselves is worth more than anything else we can give.


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Ann810 2 months ago from Sunny Cali

MsDora, this article is well formatted and spiritual informative. I like this verse you posted as well; A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3: 4) To me this makes an individual just want to live in the moment. Avoid thinking about the hurts of the past if we're suppose to be having a good time. Feel the hurt at the time of the hurt, and then get over it, can't dwell in it, life goes on.


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MsDora 2 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Ann, that verse you commented on is also so fitting for me right now. Thanks for your very helpful feedback.

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