How To Be a Good Friend
Curious about what the Bible says about being a good friend? Here are examples of how good friends and fellow Christians should treat one another.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
— 1 John 4:11, NIV
Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you — better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
— Proverbs 27:10, NIV
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
— Proverbs 17:9, NIV
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
— Psalm 133:1, NIV
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
— Luke 6:31, NIV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves
— Philippians 2:3, NIV
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
— Galatians 6:2, NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
— Colossians 3:12–14, NIV
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
— 1 Peter 4:8–10, NIV
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
— Romans 12:10, NIV
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
— Ephesians 4:2–3, NIV