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Bible Verses About Friendship -- What the Bible Says About Friendship

Updated on July 4, 2011
Discover Bible verses about friendship and Christian platonic relationships.
Discover Bible verses about friendship and Christian platonic relationships.

Bible Verses About Friendship

Looking for Bible Verses about Friendship? The Bible is full of advice and information covering friendship, including friendship with other Christians and being a friend of God, himself.

Read on to discover what the Bible says about friendship and how you can apply these Biblical truths to your life today:

Traits of Good Friends

Proverbs 20:6 (NLT): 6Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

John 15:13 (KJV): 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

How to Ruin Friendships

Proverbs 16:28 (NIV): 28 A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT): 9Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

Proverbs 29:5 (NLT): 5To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.

Our Friendship with God

James 2:23 (NIV): 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.

James 4:4 (NIV): 4You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

John 15:14 (NIV): 14You are my friends if you do what I command.

John 15:15 (Amplified): 15I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]

Proverbs 3:32 (NLT): 32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.

Romans 5:10 (NLT): 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

James 4:4 (NLT): 4You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

More on Friendship in the Bible

Proverbs 27:6 (Amplified): Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.

Proverbs 28:7 (Amplified): 7Whoever keeps the law [of God and man] is a wise son, but he who is a companion of gluttons and the carousing, self-indulgent, and extravagant shames his father.

How Jealousy Affects Friendships, Genesis 26:12-16
Moses’ Special Friendship with God, Exodus 33:11
The Friendship of David and Jonathan, 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 23:16-18
Friendship with Sinners, Psalm 1:1
How Your Friends Speaks of Your Character, Proverbs 13:20
How Loyalty Tests Friendships, Proverbs 17:17
Becoming a Friend to Others, Proverbs 18:24
Becoming Friends of God, Romans 5:2
Befriending Those Who Hurt You, Romans 12:19-21
Dealing with Conflicts with Your Friends, Philemon 1:8-9


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      I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT 4 years ago

      I love what I have read and it is really inspiring

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      Melline 5 years ago

      I have fallen into temptation, actually walked into it. I need God to take me back please someone give me verses for guidance.

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      Melline 5 years ago

      I have fallen into temptation, actually walked into it. I need God to take me back please someone give me verses for guidance.

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      helo god is love & he says love ur friend How Jealousy Affects Friendships, Genesis 26:12-16

      Moses’ Special Friendship with God, Exodus 33:11

      The Friendship of David and Jonathan, 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 23:16-18

      Friendship with Sinners, Psalm 1:1

      How Your Friends Speaks of Your Character, Proverbs 13:20

      How Loyalty Tests Friendships, Proverbs 17:17

      Becoming a Friend to Others, Proverbs 18:24

      Becoming Friends of God, Romans 5:2

      Befriending Those Who Hurt You, Romans 12:19-21

      Dealing with Conflicts with Your Friends, Philemon 1:8-9

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      Janelle 6 years ago

      Cindy Brown, if you are a christian, out of love... how you closed your response to Misstikal1 was very harsh. What you did was almost hypocritical. You are a sinner just like her and the rest of us. Being harsh and angry at people does not show them Jesus' love... it's LOVE. :-) Jesus's love is put inside of you when you accept Him. Spread his love... not the devil's schemes of frustration and harshness towards non-christians. It is not your job to convert. You don't do it. He does, its all about Him. :-) He uses us, but we need to be open vessels, filled with his love and understanding. :-)

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      The Stages Of ME 6 years ago

      thanks for all the references ~ awesome reminders Blessing to you :)

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      SHARON 6 years ago

      how would you explain to a new Christian how the benefits fit together to produce peace?

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      lual riny 6 years ago

      i believe that one day a change and a truth will appear to every Christan and non Christan and u will be happy. just praise the heavenly father.

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      joshua 6 years ago

      praise the lord every one

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      IFUCKINGLOVEJESUS 6 years ago

      My name is Fred and i'm gay. I know the Bible says that it is wrong to like the other sex, but that's how i am. Am i wrong? I'm still strong for God though. What do i do?

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      Em 6 years ago

      Levi, the bible is the word of God. Man did not deliver these words. And God is Jesus' father- he loved him and is also God in the flesh.

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      Bethlehem 6 years ago

      2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of GOD,

      And is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,

      For instruction in righteousness:

      For Christian websites,

      go to bethlehem eisenhour on Facebook

      bethlehem 777 on Youtube


      In JESUS CHRIST Holy Name,


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      Just sharing 6 years ago

      @ Misstikal1...

      I think what you are asking here is why is there so much suffering???

      All the suffering happening in the world today is nothing compare to the judgement God will bring on us. God gives us the freedom to choose. The "will" what most people call it. This gives us the chance to choose from good or evil.

      The world has to face Judgement.

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      Levi 6 years ago

      I have not seen one verse where man calls God as his/her friend. God calls man his friend but haven't seen a single example where man (including Jesus) calls God his friend.

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      ConcernedFriend 6 years ago

      To all those questioning God, why he lets those bad things happen to people, read the book of Job. The answers are there.

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      Lilvelvettjr 6 years ago

      Friendship with the world does not make you an enemy if god, He (or She) created the world for us to live in, whether you believe we come from dinosaurs or Adam & Eve is irrelevant - we all have no proof which came first but I for one would like to think the latter was first before dinos., it still remains that we all come from the same place - the same line that takes back to the Jurassics or Adam & Eve., we are responsible for how the world evolved yet it was God who created such beauty that we are not doing enough to nurture earth., how can we be an enemy of the world which God created ?! It is man - us, who has ravaged it, no one cares to cherish our earth, to protect it for future generations, for God - his children.

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      ELEANOR 6 years ago


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      vonna 6 years ago

      i really like it , as i love god so much!!

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      vonna 6 years ago

      i really like it , as i love god so much!!

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      Carol Owens Ford 6 years ago

      First time I came across this - I'd be so afraid if I did not lean on the Lord. He is my everything and serving God is not an option. What we don't understand, God understands and that's enough for me. Who wakes you up every morning? Not the alarm clock, nor your cell phone with the timer set, nor someone knocking on your door - BUT GOD blesses you to see another day - you are breathing because of His grace and mercy. I feel sorry for those who don't believe in God and His wonder working miracles. We cannot question Him but we can trust Him even when we cannot face Him. We are blessed because of God. I agree with an earlier statement, "I'd rather take a chance believing there is a God than to go to hell and spend the rest of my life in hell with Satan! The Bible is true and it can help you - read it and believe it for yourself because signs are everywhere - wars, cost of living, families broken apart, poverty worse than ever, unemployment has become a norm and the list goes on - our help is only in the goodness of the Lord - Trust and Obey - There is no other way and I am a witness that God is real - Otherwise, what came to destroy would have killed me - BUT, I'm still here - PRAISE THE LORD

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      Emanuela  7 years ago

      Why does God let innocent people suffer?

      This is the most frequently asked question concerning God. If God is loving, why do evil people flourish and innocent people perish? Why does God not step in to help, deliver, and save? Millions of people died in World War II. Many innocent people are still dying all around the world today in war and in peace. Babies are born impaired. Children become crippled. Adults become paralyzed. Old people become invalids. There is senseless killing, lying, cheating, stealing, and robbing between and within nations and ethnic groups, in "bad neighborhoods" and "good neighborhoods," and in families. Who are the victims? Mostly the innocent--the children, the aged, and the nice people. Where is God? Is He not a loving God? Did He not create man? Why does He not help? Why does He let it happen? Isn't He in control? We need to go back to the beginning to see why things are the way they are and if there is a solution to this problem that all humanity faces.

      The Battle of Two Kingdoms

      The Bible tells us that before man was created, Lucifer, the archangel who was the ruler over the earth, had rebelled against God and become God's enemy, Satan. The earth had become the kingdom of Satan. Then there was a struggle between the two kingdoms--God's and Satan's.

      Man is to Express God and Rule for God

      Man was made by God in His image to express God and rule for God. To express God is to love as God loves, be righteous as God is righteous, and so on. God has many divine attributes, and man was created with the corresponding human virtues. Man is supposed to live a life that expresses God's divine attributes through his human virtues. To rule for God is to be God's deputy authority, king of the earth, to overthrow and replace Satan and to bring in God's kingdom of love and righteousness.

      Man was created perfectly. He would not get sick or die. God provided everything that man would need to live, to express God, and to rule for God. For man's physical existence, God gave man air, water, food, and sunshine. To make the environment pleasant for man, God made trees, flowers, and grass. To make the earth a lively place, God made the animals. For man to fulfill his function--expressing God and ruling for God--God made a spirit within man and set man before the tree of life. The tree of life signifies God becoming life to man. If man would take God into his spirit by eating the tree of life, man would have God as life and be able to express God and to rule for God.

      The Greatest Tragedy of the Universe

      Although God's intention would have been fulfilled if man ate from the tree of life, God still allowed man to choose between Him and Satan--signified by the tree of knowledge. Satan came in disguise, in trickery, and deceived man by making the tree of knowledge seem very pleasant. Man chose the tree of knowledge. Instead of God's life, man received the satanic life into himself, resulting in sin, evil, and death.

      The satanic life has been growing in man for the last six thousand years. Because man took in Satan's life, man is under the control of the satanic nature inwardly as well as the authority of Satan outwardly. The Bible calls Satan "the god of this age." Man is blinded by him. Man is lying in the hand of this evil one and is unconscious of what the evil one is doing to and in him. Satan's desire is to ruin and kill man. The real and living God created man, but the god of this age got into man. The universal tragedy is that the very man who was to be king living in God's kingdom has become a slave dying in Satan's kingdom. Satan is destroying the man God created, so that the condition today is not God's original intention.

      God's Way of Saving Man from Suffering

      God loved man and still wanted to save man from suffering back to Himself. However, even He had to acknowledge the authority which had been set up. It would have been unrighteous for God to remove this deputy authority without the proper procedure. Also, without the preparation of a proper replacement, there would be a big chaos. With this in view, He took some definite steps to bring about the defeat of Satan and to bring in His own kingdom. First, He came to earth as a man named Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. He as a man set up a pattern for us, showing us how man may love one another and be righteous by God's life. Although He acknowledged the authority of Satan over the earth and was subject to his ruling outwardly, He did not succumb to Satan's temptations. He was the one-man kingdom of God. Satan had nothing in Him. Jesus did not have the satanic nature; therefore He was inwardly free from the tyranny of Satan. Yet He did not as a single man take back the earth. This job requires many of us to join Him.

      For this He died to pay a ransom for all mankind in order to redeem them from God's righteous judgment of sin and resurrected to be man's life. Now the way has been reopened for man to take God in as life and express and rule for God, to become just like Him and together to defeat His enemy and bring in His kingdom.

      All this happened two thousand years ago, yet most people have not heard about or received this good news. The world is still in chaos because so many are under Satan's deception and control to resist God and live by the sinful nature.

      The Way to Stop All Suffering

      If you want to get out of this chaos, and save the world from Satan's kingdom, you need to save yourself first by receiving God into you through calling on His name. Then He will start the process of salvation inside of you. At the same time, you need to spread the good news abroad to your acquaintances. When enough people on earth are filled up with the God of love and righteousness, the kingdom of God will be brought in. People will be living in peace, loving one another. There will be no more robbing nor senseless killing. All forms of evil will be removed from the earth. Would you like to see this in your lifetime? What should you do?

      You may turn from Satan's kingdom of darkness to God's kingdom of light, from Satan's authority of death to God's authority of life. Say to God, "Lord Jesus, come into me. Deliver me from Satan's kingdom into Your kingdom. Forgive me of all that I did under the tyranny of Satan. Save me now." You will become a part of what God is doing in man to end all the suffering in the world and to bring His kingdom to the earth.

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      Melissa H. 7 years ago

      I agree with syncdram. I told my children if they are confused or don't know if what someone is telling them is from God or from Satan...go to The Bible, God's Holy Word. It is an instruction manual for life. It tells you everything God needs you to know. You might not find ALL your answers there, but that is where faith comes in that God will reveal the answers in His time and in His way. We will not have all of our answers here on earth...but I look forward to having so much to talk over with God in heaven! But, whatever you are searching for, go to God's word. You will be amazed at what God will teach and reveal to you. I've read Scriptures that meant so much to me for what I was going through. Years later, God led me back to the same Scriptures and it opened my eyes to yet something else! Did His Word change? NO! Does His Word hold true no matter your circumstances and can they teach you different things at different points in your life? YES! Some answers are going to make you uncomfortable. When God convicts us of our own wrongdoing and his Holy Spirit bears witness to our soul, we can feel rebellious, uncomfortable, outraged...or we can feel blessed to have been instructed in His ways! The next step after reading what His Word says is obedience. We must be willing to OBEY. That is part of our walk with Him and it pleases Him. No matter what the world tells you is okay, if God's Word is contrary to that, listen to what God has to say because it is Truth and Truth is absolute. God's understands your dilemma, so be honest with Him and ask Him to guide, teacha and direct you. He PROMISES that you will find Him IF you TRULY seek Him with all your heart. And God CANNOT break a promise! Blessings!

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      Melissa H. 7 years ago

      Misstikal1, when things don't turn out the way many people want, many blame God. People often have wonderful things happen to them, but how many of them remember to thank God? You can't have it both ways and you can't blame God when he doesn't answer a prayer according to your designated terms. We live in an evil world. God made the laws of physics...if you jump off a building, you are going to fall. Is that God's "fault?" If an evil person hurts an innocent, that person is responsible for that evil act and should be punished...and God WILL. The Bible says the rain falls on the good and bad alike. We do not live in a bubble where nothing goes wrong. I had a son to die. He was 26 years old and sick since high school. He left behind a beautiful wife and gorgeous little girl, so I am no stranger to pain, suffering and loss. After all, we are not "supposed" to bury our children and outlive them are we? It seems "unnatural" doesn't it? Yet, I know God did NOT kill my son! I prayed for my son's healing. He WAS heaven, according to God's plan. Do you know how many people were saved as the result of his death? God used a tragic situation and showed HIS glory in the midst of it. I never even thought to blame Him. I miss my son more than words can say. Yesterday was my son's birthday and I cried and hurt and missed him all day (as I do every day). But, I thanked God for the gift of the time I had with him (he was my son, but he was only "on loan" to me from God...he was God's child and He took him HOME to heaven.) My son is experiencing joy, beauty and peace that we cannot imagine. His little girl has grown into a gorgeous, sweet, kind young lady (at 13) and she has a compassion that was born out of her own pain and hardship...she is truly amazing. God can USE us in ALL circumstances, believe me. I have been able to share this story with countless others. I even made a trip, along with my husband, to address members of Congress in DC to tell them our story to get more funds for lupus research (what both my son and mother died from and a disease I also have.) And we got the funds to help others! I could NOT have this type of joy in my heart if I did not KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt that Jesus died for me, that I am forgiven, that God NEVER leaves me even in the toughest times and that even though we live in an evil world influencede by Satan, but with heinous acts carried out by our fellow human beings, my God has NEVER failed me, nor my son, nor the child he left behind. It's up to YOU what you allow God to do in these circumstances. When you realize how much God does love you (and others) it give you a peace that defies and passes all understanding. Faith is the firm assurance and hope (not a blind hope, but hope that is certain) of those things which we cannot see. If you don't have that kind of faith, you cannot understand how God works and loves and uses even the most heinous circumstances for the good for those who love him and for His glory. God is more interested in your character than you comfort, because that is ultimately who we are! He is fair and He is perfect in every way. We simply cannot define Him or His ways by earthly measurements because God cannot be measured that way. Prayers for you for understanding, comfort, peace and hope in knowing God through the sacrifice of His Son, who paid the price for your sin once and for all. Blessings!

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      Jells 7 years ago

      In the beginning lucifer convinced Eve to take the fruit of the tree of Good and Bad and she took it, she had a choice whether she "wanted to be like God" & choose to eat it or she had a choice to not eat it and stay in the beautiful garden of eden. but she ended up eating it right ? and she convinced Adam to eat it also yeah ? and what did that lead to, it leaded to sin on this earth. God could of easily destroyed this earth because sin came along, because he is so powerful yeah ? but he left us on this earth because he loves us & wants to give each and every one of us a choice, to follow the world or to follow Him. How much do you love God to follow Him then go out into the world and do things that only please yourself ? Yes, there are bad things that happen on this earth. & one of you mentioned how God let Satan attack Job & Job was so faithful, even though he lost everything and went through so much pain, He was faithful till the end & in the end, God gave him double of everything he use to have! :) You can find that in Job chapter 42. What a caring & loving God that he gives more to you when you serve Him. :)

      What i've learnt from a personal experience is that no matter how close and how strong your relationship is with God you will get attacked by the enemy. But God is there every step of the way looking after me and helping me out in those bad times. The more i started genuinely reading the bible the more God opened my eyes to things, that i never realised before.(i dont just pick up the bible and read it, i go outside in the nature and think things through what ive read and actually talk to God straight out.) i read every morning and every night, sometimes for 2 or 3 hours and sometimes 15-20 minutes. I never use to pick up the bible & read it, i thought it was boring and no point in reading it, but that was just a thought in my head that wanted to keep me away from the Bible, and when i started reading it, (in the middle of last year and i still am reading it), i've matured and realised so much in life, and im only 19.

      Misstikal1 you said that the young teenager walked in the middle of a gang fight ~ "when he walked in the middle of a gang-fight." well are you sure its God letting it happen or good people putting themselves in bad places ? We do live in a bad world. God has given us the freedom of choice. so why did he choose to walk through the fight? so he made a choice. God protects always if we choose to follow his ways. All comes to choice and following. God is always there but sometimes we cant see him that he is there, but we see how things work out for the good, Devil is always finding ways to make things go bad. At the end of the day, where there is GOOD there is also BAD.

      When you ask God for wisdom & knowledge, how can he give it to you straight away when you haven't searched to learn things to make you wiser ? hasn't he provided us with an opportunity to become wiser and gain knowledge through reading the Holy Bible that He gave to us ? I believe through patience and understanding, God will tell us the answers. Luke 11:9,10 it says, "So i say to you, ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." NKJV :)

      why would God put us in a bad situation by ourselves to learn to become stronger when it says in the bible that if we get into a bad situation God wont let you go through it unless you can stand it, and he will help you through it and you'll learn to be stronger from that bad situation. 1Corinthians 10:13. "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" NKJV.

      Also we are able to be friends with non-christians :) because Jesus Christ taught us by His examples, who did he hang out with ? prostitutes, tax collectors, sick people and ect.. he talked to Non-believers and believers. Having Non-Christian friends can help us learn more and grow together. :)

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      hrke 7 years ago

      hi im a person

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      Christian Bragg 7 years ago

      Their a lot of life's questions we may have in our hearts about why things are the way they are why do horrible things happen to innocent people why are kids killed woman raped and all of these horrible acts but we must realize that God is just as mad or hurt by these things as you are actually 100 times more because he is our creator and because he is are creator it hurts him to see things happened! Then we may say isn't God all powerful cant he stop and help people God helps people all of the time only if you knew how much god does for us he wakes us up everyday by his power and Grace so we have to remember that and as far as those horrible things that happen in our world we have to understand people have free will and with that these things are made possible. Should God strike every person down who sins? Because nobody is perfect! It is man who makes these decisions it was because of one man sin enter into the world. And because of sin it has created a wedge between God and man now the only way to get back to him is through Jesus Christ! Faith is the only thing that can save us! Faith and a life devoted to God gives you protection from those things. The key is asking God to help you. I have a friend that was involved in a horrible car accident car flipped a lot of times looking like sure death but she prayed and ask God to save them and she said she saw a huge white light and next thing you know they were ok u she Faith activated Gods power! All Im saying is we may not understand everything in this world but we must understand that its not for us to figure out just accept Jesus and live for God! Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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      syncdram 7 years ago

      Why do we look to man for answers to this question? Time after time after time we look to find a quick answer to "our" liking. Lets try this instead, pick up your Bible and read for yourself. Let the light of Gods word shine from the pages you read and let God answer this and any other questions you have. You may or may not like what he tells you. His Word is final. Or the alternative, when you stand before him on judgment day try to ask him your questions then. His answer will simply be this: " Depart from me, I never knew you"

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      Todd Fiedler 7 years ago

      Kate, first I'd like to say you are not correct in stating that God does not allow bad things to happen to good people, or bad people for that matter. He in fact, does allow these things we call bad, horrendous, and tragic to happen to people. Just think of the story of Job in the Bible where God allows satan to cause harm to Job, his family, friends and complete life because God is certain of Job's strength and dedication to his maker. "For the wages of sin is death." This verse does not say death comes upon those who are cruel and the clean, Christian, good man survives. No, it says the wages of sin is death. The 'sin' this verse talks about is the initial fall of man, and the curse of continual sin we each face every new day. So, the wages of sin is death for good and bad man/women, and in death there is pain and suffering, both for those who die for those around the deceased (family and friends). All this being said, I would like to commend and confirm your statement about all the pain and suffering we (meaning humans as a whole) go through, does not amount to the pain, suffering, confusion and betrayal Christ went through during his time here on Earth. As for us going through turmoil, I cringe when people say "God was there to take my hand and pull me from the pain." It's simply not true all of the time. Brokenness is when we are taken to our lowest low, and our faith is tested. It's true God is watching and all around us, but he may not always intervene for it is the healing that makes us stronger. I leave you with these questions...When we ask God for strength, do you think He just gives it to us, or puts us in a situation where we can become stronger? When we ask God for wisdom and knowledge, do you think He just gives it to us, or does he provide us with and opportunity to become wiser?

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      RobM 7 years ago

      Great ponts of view, all across the board!!! Friendship with God is very personal though, not just for us but for God also. Take Abraham and David for example. Abraham was a peaceful man, while David was a violent warrior. The Lord loved each man equally but to their own merit. This tells me that your friendship with God will be very intimate and not comparable with anybody elses friendship, or view, with God. My comment is to keep your faith clean as you and God have agreed personaly, without forgetting that there are also certain parameters that the Lord has set forth for us all as a whole. I highly recommend the book of James as a starting point for anyone that wants to understand where they fit in the scheme of things with the Lord. Most of the book is compiled of advise, but look for yourself in it and see where exactly you fit in. This book helped me understand the why of things and gave me a better focus in the true heart of the gospels. I hope you get as much from this as i did. Lord's peace grace you all, amen.

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      TrevorBowers 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful Hub, is a great journey through the Word. Thank you and God Bless.

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      Polly 7 years ago

      I am a christian at a pentacostal church in Perth, my best friend is God however, I have a few friends at church and I sometimes connect with them... I find my work takes over my life, I work shift work including week-ends, I miss my friends company and at times I feel isolated... I believe that serving at church gives me a connection with others. When I pray and ask God for some social time with my friends he answers my prayers... However, I have non-christian friends too, and I enjoy the diversity...Prayer is a strong interaction with God its personal and can help you believe that things can happen. As for unfortunate and unlawful things that happen to people... Everyone has a choice to lead a godly life... When Adam was told don't eat the fruit of the tree of Good and Bad, Eve did and Adam followed...Be a follower of God not Man....That's what I believe. The frutis of the spirit will lead to eternity... and you know what, No one is perfect, we all sin..Amen

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      Guest 7 years ago

      Thank you so much! I've been trying to find suitable bible verses about friendship for my philosophy homework when I chanced upon this website. It answered all my questions! Oh ya, by the way, I'm a Christian... I suppose you are too?...

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      Royal Diadem 8 years ago

      Great hub my brother I enjoy reading your hub!

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      Nathan 8 years ago

      Sometimes bad things do happen in this world and often they discourage us but.. God has a plan for all of us!Everything happens for a reason Jeremiah 29:11 says:

      "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

      While there is a lot evil in this world there are also a lot of Christians putting their faith in action and doing good. God knows about how corrupt this world is and that is why he is coming again to bring us up to heaven with him for ever and ever and ever. While some people still may not believe me or any of the other people who have talked about the fate of non-believers, you have to ask yourself "What have you got to lose?" A Sunday every week or eternal paradise? And remember an eternity is for ever and ever and ever and ever!!!!

      Nathan, Gr.8

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      Cassie 8 years ago

      Yes, Christians can be friends with non-Christians. That's the whole point of gospelling and spreading the Word of God. That's why were here on Earth, is to encourage one another loving them just as much as God loves us.

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      Maraiya Storm 8 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

      Misstikal1, ask God to show you the answers to your questions, and ask Jesus to come into your heart and life and be in your presence and send you his love and his answers. There is an answer to your question, but no living person is meant to answer it; you are meant to ask God and Jesus for this answer.

      Most people who say what you are saying are not open to the answers that people give them on this type of question. The answers are there, but will you believe their answers?

      I no longer answer these types of questions.

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      Maraiya Storm 8 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

      Great hub. I'm going to look up the ones that you listed at the end.

      I don't understand the one about giving compliments to friends, though, unless it is referring to flattering people for the wrong reasons, i.e., to get something from them or to get their trust when you are trying to deceive them. If it's a sincere compliment, I see no harm in it and it seems to be an expression of love for the person.

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      meetbrandon 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      M Burger, the ommission was not at all by choice; in fact, I know you will see herein I did not single out the friendships of any Biblical characters.

      Great suggestion, nevertheless.

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      M Burger 8 years ago from Florida

      I was disappointed you left out the friendship of Ruth and Naomi.

      Ruth 1:16-17: 16And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

      17Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

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      Kim Garcia 8 years ago

      Thanks for the reminders!! Love these Scriptures. Never quite understood Proverbs 29:5???? I've had many friends compliment me over various things whether it be my work as an artist or as simple as, "I love your new haircut." Why would God consider that a trap if they were True Friends? Just curious. Have a blessed night. Peace ~K

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      Bibleseo 8 years ago

      Nice bible verse collection about friendship.

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      Katie 8 years ago

      God Doesn't let bad things happen to people. Bad things happen because the evil people in our world bring it onto the world. Without suffering, there would be no compassion. The very fact that you feel compassion for these people shows that God is in you and that he is real.

      Also, the suffering anyone on earth experiences is in no way close to the suffering Christ experienced on the cross and when he see's us sin. It isn't even close to the suffering in hell either. For us to question God's judgement anyhow, is wrong. He knows best and when we question his authority he we are saying we know more, when he ultimately knows all things such as how many hairs are on our head, the complexity of the human body, the forces of nature. He created everything and everything in our world seems to fit together so perfectly. that in itself is amazing to me. No one on earth can begin to comprehend all that he knows and has done for us, so how can we question his wisdom? Also, suffering is a part of life. A pastor I heard once said this: MLK said that in order for something to be considered unjust, it must go agaisnt a higher law of order. Acording to the order of evolution, the only reason the human species is here is because we violently beat out other species. therefore,to say that suffering is bad and unjustified is to say that evolution goes against a higher power, and that there has to be a transendent good purpose for the universe which would have to be God. To look at the world and say that the suffering is unjust, you are assuming a standard of justice that is higher than survival of the fittest, which implies that God exists. I know this is confusing, it took me a long time to understand. I'm sixteen, and I struggle with the concept of suffering in our world very often. I do know however, that in all the times I have faced suffering God has held my hand and helped me through it. I know this because without him, I would have given up. Plus, consider how many people may come to know God as a result of suffering. Ive heard a stories about children and adults girl with cancer who brought someone to God just through their continuous faith throughout it all. In that way, the way they coped with their struggles sparked somehting in someone elses life which brought them to God. As for your questioning of God's kindness in situations such as these, a perfect example in the bible is the story of Lazarus and Martha in John 11. In the story lazarus is sick to the point of death and the family wants jesus to heal him. Jesus does nothing, and Lazarus dies. then, Jesus goes and is met by Martha who says if he had been there, his brother wouldn't have died. When Jesus saw her weep, he was DEEPLY MOVED. the same paster I mentioned above said that in Greek, the 'deeply moved' implied grief to the point of rage. in verse 35 it is said that 'Jesus wept.' he wept even though he knew he was about to raise Lazarus, because he felt their pain. verse 36 sums it up when even outsiders said 'see how he LOVED him.' Jesus never wants us to question his love for us our doubt it. I could go on and on, but I hope I helped in some way and I hope you heard God in anything I said. If not, I hope someone did. God Bless you.

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      Cindy Brown 8 years ago

      There is a reason for everything that happens in this world, whether you can explain it or not. We don't know what God's big picture is. All I know is I would rather be wrong and take a dirt bath for eternity, than take a chance at having your point of view and burn forever

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      create a page 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Great hub. Thank you for these verses.

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      Jodi_Unity 8 years ago from Flordia

      I really like this Hub and any friend of God has a friend in me. My hubs are all christian my latest is

      if you wanted to check it out.

      Thanks for the scriptures

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      bawunha david 8 years ago

      encouraged to be Gods friend

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      Izombiheartzoey 8 years ago

      Does that mean Christians can't be friends with non-Christians?

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      thecatholicexpert 8 years ago

      Agreed, great hub I really like it a lot. Nice work!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Very nice Hub, sir. Thanks for the references.