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Friendship

Often friendship is not the popular or convenient thing to do. Many give in to peer pressure and refuse it to certain people that are unpopular. However in 1936 we see an example of friendship given under the eyes of an entire world. Berlin -- Jesse Owens seemed sure to win the long jump at the 1936 games. The year before he had jumped 26 feet, 8 1/4 inches -- a record that would stand for 25 years. As he walked to the long-jump pit, however, Owens saw a tall, blue eyed, blond German taking practice jumps in the 26-foot range. Owens felt nervous. He was acutely aware of the Nazis' desire to prove "Aryan superiority," especially over blacks. At this point, the tall German introduced himself as Luz Long. "You should be able to qualify with your eyes closed!" he said to Owens, referring to his two jumps. For the next few moments the black son of a sharecropper and the white model of Nazi manhood chatted. Then Long made a suggestion. Since the qualifying distance was only 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches, why not make a mark several inches before the takeoff board and jump from there, just to play it safe? Owens did and qualified easily. In the finals Owens set an Olympic record and earned the second of four gold medals. The first person to congratulate him was Luz Long -- in full view of Adolf Hitler. Owens never again saw Long, who was killed in World War II. "You could melt down all the medals and cups I have," Owens later wrote, "and they wouldn't be a platting on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long." (David Wallechinsky in The Complete Book of the Olympics.)

Luz Long befriended Jesse Owens without expectation of anything in return. In fact he did it knowing that he would probably face repercussions for it later due to the racial tension of the Olympics that year. Similarly we find Jonathan coming to meet David even though Jonathan’s father is trying to kill David. In doing so Jonathan helped David find strength in the Lord. Are you willing to lay down your life for a friend? Not necessarily die for someone, but just give of your time, energy, and self, even at risk of being unpopular?

Often friendship is not the popular or convenient thing to do. Many give in to peer pressure and refuse it to certain people that are unpopular. However in 1936 we see an example of friendship given under the eyes of an entire world. Berlin -- Jesse Owens seemed sure to win the long jump at the 1936 games. The year before he had jumped 26 feet, 8 1/4 inches -- a record that would stand for 25 years. As he walked to the long-jump pit, however, Owens saw a tall, blue eyed, blond German taking practice jumps in the 26-foot range. Owens felt nervous. He was acutely aware of the Nazis' desire to prove "Aryan superiority," especially over blacks. At this point, the tall German introduced himself as Luz Long. "You should be able to qualify with your eyes closed!" he said to Owens, referring to his two jumps. For the next few moments the black son of a sharecropper and the white model of Nazi manhood chatted. Then Long made a suggestion. Since the qualifying distance was only 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches, why not make a mark several inches before the takeoff board and jump from there, just to play it safe? Owens did and qualified easily. In the finals Owens set an Olympic record and earned the second of four gold medals. The first person to congratulate him was Luz Long -- in full view of Adolf Hitler. Owens never again saw Long, who was killed in World War II. "You could melt down all the medals and cups I have," Owens later wrote, "and they wouldn't be a platting on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long." (David Wallechinsky in The Complete Book of the Olympics.)

Luz Long befriended Jesse Owens without expectation of anything in return. In fact he did it knowing that he would probably face repercussions for it later due to the racial tension of the Olympics that year. Similarly we find Jonathan coming to meet David even though Jonathan’s father is trying to kill David. In doing so Jonathan helped David find strength in the Lord. Are you willing to lay down your life for a friend? Not necessarily die for someone, but just give of your time, energy, and self, even at risk of being unpopular?

 The Dog and the Elephant

When you look at groups of friends you can often find a theme of similarity. Whether they are the same race or have the same style, it seems to be that people gravitate towards people who are the same as them. This is most likely because people like to fit it. They have a need of feeling comfortable and in the norm.

For the most part, like people, animals tend to stick with their own kind, especially in the wild. However, on a sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, where elephants rescued from zoos and circuses go to retire, a very unusual friendship emerged. Both dogs and elephants are very social animals that live in tight-knit groups. Many of the elephants brought to the Sanctuary have bonded into 'best girlfriend' pairs. For reasons unknown, Tarra the elephant bonded with Bella the dog and the two have been inseparable. They aren't just seen walking around the grounds together, they actually participate in activities that socially bonded animals normally engage in: they eat and drink together and they sleep together. Bella (the dog) even allows the enormous Tarra to 'pet' her belly with her giant foot. Tarra is amazingly gentle with the dog and Bella, in turn, is very accepting of Tarra's affections.

One on occasion, Bella received a debilitating injury to her spinal chord that disabled her for three weeks. She was unable to move or go outside. Tarra knew that Bella was holed up inside of the Sanctuary office and she waited outside the building, inching herself as close to the facility as the fence would allow, waiting for the entire three weeks while Bella recuperated. At one point, Bella was carried outside to see Tarra and she immediately began wagging her tail. Tarra trumpeted excitedly upon seeing Bella and, straining to reach her through an opening in the fence, affectionately stroked her with her trunk. They visited like that every day until Tarra could walk. Today, their love and trust is stronger than ever. They harbor no fears, no secrets, and no prejudices. They are just two living creatures who somehow managed to look past their immense differences.

It is easy to see how we can learn from this rare friendship. Bella and Tarra show us that friendship is unconditional, no matter what color, size, or species you are. They show us qualities of true friendship, such as loyalty and companionship, even though they are just about as opposite as it can get.

Reference:On Elephant Sanctuary, Unlikely Friends”- Steve Hartman, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/02/assignment_america/main4696340.shtml

Everyone needs a helping hand, and sometimes, the strongest grip comes from the help of many.  Recently, the Walla Walla Union Bulletin covered a story at a local church.  The members of Christ Lutheran Church held an evening for foster parents in the community.  The program was meant to give a much-needed break (and free dinner) to the parents while their children played in a safe environment.  All hands were on deck to make this night very special and exemplify the love God has for everyone.

            This one story is a great example of how we should be in fellowship with one another.  Not everyone is a foster parent, or parent for that matter, but still we can find a place in our heart for each other and lend a hand.  Being in fellowship together creates strong bonds because they are constructed with only others in mind.  Nothing special is needed to do this.  In fact, the ability to love one another is inherent in us.  God created Adam but knew that he couldn’t leave him by himself so He created Eve.  The two were made as partners to help and be with each other.  Today, we still are looking for this community through friends, relationships, clubs, etc.  Some of us wonder down the wrong road looking for this and need others, who have found their way, to bring us back down the right path.  By showing compassion to one another, we can help anyone in need, creating a world fellowship.  What can you do to be part of this extraordinary goal?

 

Friends help each other. The whole design of friendship is to avoid being left alone when the times of hardship, trial and calamity arise.

Friends share everything. When Jesus told the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin, He revealed a fundamental truth about friends. Jesus illustrated this truth when he sent Peter to pay the Temple Tax. Friends share the joys and the sorrows, the gains and the losses. Where I come from a friend is someone "who would give you the shirt off his back" and "the last dollar in his pocket."

Friends are loyal. They don't reveal secrets. They stick with you "rain or shine," in the good times and the bad.

Friends give counsel. Advice is often worth what you pay for it, and it seems everybody has it to give away. Thus, a man needs good friends as a source of trustworthy counsel in which he has complete confidence. The good counsel of a friend can make all the difference in life.

When have you had a friend intercede on your behalf or defend your character?

Can you relate to the man on the mat in Mark 2;1-5? At what times in your life have you had friends lead you closer to Christ? Or further away from him?

 What common themes do you see in these verses on friendship and intercession?

 Share your thoughts on what it means to lay down your life for your friend on a day-to-day basis.

 In Mark 2:1-5 the paralyzed man’s friends are the ones who make sure he gets to see Jesus. Furthermore it is because of their faith not the paralyzed man’s that prompted healing. Would you say that your friends do the same thing for you? What about you for your friends?

 In what ways can you intercede on behalf of your friends? What priorities and motives do you need to change in order to be a better friend?

 In Job 16:20-21 and 1 Samuel 20 we see two contrasting effects friends can have on our lives. In 1Samuel 20 we see Jonathan interceding for David to his father Saul. In Job we see his friends trying to get him to curse the name of God. How do your friends effect you? Do they encourage you to do the right thing? Vice Versa?

What thoughts and images come to mind when you think of the word friend?

Decide together how you would define the word friend.

Discuss how the following verses relate to friendship. Take new perspectives for each passage, searching especially for (a) God's commands and standards to keep, (b) someone's example to learn from, (c) a promise from God to believe, (d) a warning to heed, or (e) a challenge to face.
-1 Sam 18:1-4
-Job 2:11-13
-Ps119:63
-Prov 17:17; 18:24; 27:6
-Eccl 4:9
-John 15:13-17
-James 4:4

What vital, fundamental principles can you see in these passages (principle which are consistent with other Scriptures you know)?

Answer these questions in light of what you've observed in the passages above: (a) What does God want me to understand most about Himself? (b) What does God want me to understand most about others? (c) What does God want me to understand most about myself? And in light of all this, what would He have me do?

When have you had a friend intercede on your behalf or defend your character?
Can you relate to the man on the mat in Mark 2;1-5? At what times in your life have you had friends lead you closer to Christ? Or further away from him?
What common themes do you see in these verses on friendship and intercession?
Share your thoughts on what it means to lay down your life for your friend on a day-to-day basis.
In Mark 2:1-5 the paralyzed man’s friends are the ones who make sure he gets to see Jesus. Furthermore it is because of their faith not the paralyzed man’s that prompted healing. Would you say that your friends do the same thing for you? What about you for your friends?
In what ways can you intercede on behalf of your friends? What priorities and motives do you need to change in order to be a better friend?
In Job 16:20-21 and 1 Samuel 20 we see two contrasting effects friends can have on our lives. In 1Samuel 20 we see Jonathan interceding for David to his father Saul. In Job we see his friends trying to get him to curse the name of God. How do your friends effect you? Do they encourage you to do the right thing? Vice Versa?

When you think of the word friend, what comes to your mind?

Discuss whether it is better to have lots of acquaintances or a couple close friends. (Refer to Proverbs 18: 24)

What kind of people should you choose to be friends with? What type should you stay clear of?

What makes for a true friend? (Discuss Jonathan and David- 1 Samuel 18-20)

What can you do to be a better “true” friend?

 

What is the best quality found in a friend? Why?

Why do we yearn to be in loving relationships with others?

How can we help one another in our walk with God throughout our daily lives?

 

When you look for a friend what qualities do you look for?

 Discussion question:

 What makes a friend?

 What qualities do all the friends have in the scripture/stories above?

How should we treat those we call friends?

How does God feel about our friendship with others?

Application:

How does this apply to your life?

Do your friends have the same common goals as you

and will they help you when you’re struggling?

Are you being a true friend to those who need it?

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” -Oscar Wilde

  “Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”-Aristotle

 “I can never think of promoting my own convenience at the expense of a friend's interest and inclination.”-George Washington

 “True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.”-Samuel Johnston

 “Its one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.”-Jacques Dilille

 

 

 

“We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces away.”
-Walker Percy

“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
-George Eliot

“Life without friendship is like the sky without the sun.”
-Biblical Recorder

“There are not many things in life so beautiful as true friendship, and there are not many things more uncommon.”
-Megiddo Message

“Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness in existence.”
-Sydney Smith

“One should keep his friendships in constant repair.”
-Samuel Johnson

“Close your eyes to the faults of others, and you open the doors of friendship.”
-William A Ward

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
-Dale Carnegie

“Friendships should be nurtured, faithfully, lest they become fractured through neglect, or cease altogether.”
-C. Neil Strait

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers, and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth an inhabited garden.”
-Goethe

“To enjoy a friend, I need more in common with him than hating the same people.”
-Frank A. Clark

“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.”
-Unknown

“Long ago I made up my mind to let my friends have their peculiarities.”
-David Grayson

“He who casts a friend aside like an old shoe is a heel without a soul.”
-Unknown

Overheard in a refurbished tearoom in the Berkshires, one matron to another: “We’re trying to enlarge our circle of friends to include people we like.”
-New Yorker

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
-Aristotle

“True friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes.”
-Unknown

                        “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.”

                                    -Oscar Wilde

 

                        “Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”

                                    -Aristotle

 

                        “I can never think of promoting my own convenience at the expense of a friend's interest and inclination.”

                                    -George Washington

 

                        “True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.”

                                    -Samuel Johnston

 

                        “Its one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

                                    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

                        “Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.”

                                    -Jacques Dilille

 

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
- Joseph Addison

"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings and the one which we take the least thought to acquire." -Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"True friends stab you in the front." -Oscar Wilde

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” –Anon

“Friendships are different from all other relationships. Unlike acquaintanceship, friendship is based on love. Unlike lovers and married couples, it is free of jealousy. Unlike children and parents, it knows neither criticism nor resentment. Friendship has no status in law. Business partnerships are based on a contract. So is marriage. Parents are bound by the law. But friendships are freely entered into, freely given, freely exercised.” –Stephan Ambrose

 

 

“Fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them.” -William Morris

 “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it's the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “Words were never invented to fully explain the peaceful aura that surrounds us when we are in communion with minds of the same thoughts.” -Eddie Myers

 “The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?” -Henry David Thoreau

 “Make it a rule, and pray to God to help you to keep it, never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say: "I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day." -Charles Kingsley

"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself."

-unknown

 "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together"
- Woodrow Wilson

 "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

 "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
- Anon

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
-Helen Keller

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." ~

-Bernard Meltzer

 

"Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes." 

-Anonymous

In march of 2010 myself and a small group from my church went on a mission trip to El Salvador. We had safe travels there and were getting much accomplished on a building project and spirits were high. Each night we would use the four computers that were actually connected to the internet to contact home and share what the Lord had been doing. We would also give prayer requests that a group from our church would meet together and pray about. After several days there working hard, several members of our team became very ill. Almost half of the people we needed to finish this building project were in their beds and were not likely to be able to continue. We sent our new prayer request back home and waited prayerfully for an answer. Within 24 hours everyone rebounded extraordinarily and we were able to finish the building project on time.

            I believe that this work would not have been accomplished without the faithful prayers of our friends back home. By taking time out of their daily lives to pray for us they moved mountains that we could not scale on our own. I can't help but see the parallel between their actions and the actions of the friends of the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-5. Just as the paralyzed man's friends did not let the crowds deter them our friends did not let the toils of life keep them from seeking to help us.  Even thousands of miles away they were able to take time to be our friends and bring us and our needs before Jesus. I hope you and I both can show that type of friendship to everyone.

In march of 2010 myself and a small group from my church went on a mission trip to El Salvador. We had safe travels there and were getting much accomplished on a building project and spirits were high. Each night we would use the four computers that were actually connected to the internet to contact home and share what the Lord had been doing. We would also give prayer requests that a group from our church would meet together and pray about. After several days there working hard, several members of our team became very ill. Almost half of the people we needed to finish this building project were in their beds and were not likely to be able to continue. We sent our new prayer request back home and waited prayerfully for an answer. Within 24 hours everyone rebounded extraordinarily and we were able to finish the building project on time.

I believe that this work would not have been accomplished without the faithful prayers of our friends back home. By taking time out of their daily lives to pray for us they moved mountains that we could not scale on our own. I can't help but see the parallel between their actions and the actions of the friends of the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-5. Just as the paralyzed man's friends did not let the crowds deter them our friends did not let the toils of life keep them from seeking to help us.  Even thousands of miles away they were able to take time to be our friends and bring us and our needs before Jesus. I hope you and I both can show that type of friendship to everyone.

Can you imagine living your life with all of its ups and downs without friends? Friendship has got to be one of the most important gifts that God has given to us. Friends are one of the ways God takes care of us. We need all the things friendship entails, such as encouragement, companionship, love, honesty, loyalty, and understanding, to help us make it through our lives day by day. Not only do friends help us out by giving us someone to lean on when times get hard, they also give us someone to celebrate with when things are going well.

When I think of true friendship in the bible, I think of the friendship between Jonathan and David in 1 Samuel 20. These two men truly cared for each other and had great trust and confidence in one another. David’s life was in danger because Jonathan's father, Saul, wanted to kill him. Jonathan recognized that David was innocent and loved David. Because of the true friendship they shared, Jonathan protected David from his father’s assassination attempts and David went on to become one of Israel's greatest kings.

True friendship involves relationship. Many people will say, "Oh, he's a good friend of mine," yet they never spend time with that "good friend." Friendship takes time: time to get to know each other and time to create shared memories. Trust is also essential to true friendship. We all need someone with whom we can share our lives, thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. We need to be able to share our deepest secrets with someone, without worrying that those secrets will be exposed. Faithfulness and loyalty are key to true friendship. Without them, we often feel betrayed, left out, and lonely. In true friendship, there is no backbiting, no negative thoughts, no turning away. Real friends encourage one another and forgive one another where there has been an offense. In true friendship, unconditional love develops. We love our friends no matter what and we always want the best for our friends. God tells us in John 15:12-13, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.

 Being in fellowship with others can change lives.  When we are involved in one another’s lives we get the opportunity to make positive influences.  God wants us to be in relationships with one another, showing compassion and love in every decision we make.  1 Peter 3:8 states, “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”

            If we can accomplish this task, the world could be a different place.  Imagine humans loving instead of hating, being sympathetic instead of apathetic, and being humble instead of pretentious.  This might seem like a large task, but each of us can make a difference by simply offering this type of relationship.  Together in fellowship, we can change the world.

When someone says friendship I think about the Girl Scout song Make New Friends.

“Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold, A circles round, it has no end, that’s how long I want to be your friend.”

When I was younger I had a problem with this because for one everyone knows gold is better than silver and two putting new friends into an old friendship makes hurt feelings I came to find out.

            I was in a Girl Scout troop that was made up of two different schools so we girls could make friends. The girls from my school had been friends since for four years now so we had a pretty tight bond. When we were introduced to new girls we started forming friendships with them, but then my best friend started to be best friends with someone else after a couple weeks. My best friend starting making new handshakes, made BBF bracelets, and sharing who she had a crush on with someone else! I felt was the loneliest ten year-old ever. I talked to my mom and her advice was to pray and try to talk to my friend and see if I can play with both the girls. I prayed every night that week until the Monday night when we met.

            We always started off singing that make new friends and I made sure I stood right next to my best friend. Once it was time to make our picture frames I asked my friend and her new friend if I could sit with them and make my picture frame with them. I was so nervous for their response. They said yes! I was so excited and we had a great time making those friends.

            On the car ride back I told my mom about making up with my best friend and making friends with her friend. The thought hit me that all of us could have been friends the whole time it was just me that was being selfish. We are suppose to be friends with everyone just like Jesus was, he was kind to everyone and he had many friends because he wasn’t content with just one best friend he was able to love everyone.

            Luke 14:4

Mark 2:1-5, 1Samuel 19:17, Job 16:20-21, Hebrews 7:25, John 15:13

 Mark 2:1-5 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

 Job 16:20-21

My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.

 Hebrews 7:25

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Mark 2:1-5

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

 

Job 16:20-21

My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.

 

Hebrews 7:25

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 

 

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

1 Samuel 18:1-4 (Jonathan and David’s friendship)

 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father's house.  And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.

1 Samuel 19

Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan was very fond of David and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I'll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out." Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?"  Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death."  So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.

1 Samuel 20:42

Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.' “Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

Proverbs 18: 24

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:19

A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

 

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”-Acts 2:42

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”-Hebrews 10:24-25

 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”-1 John 1: 6-7

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”-Romans 12:10

 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.”-1 Peter 3:8

 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”-2 Corinthians 13:14

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”-Acts 2: 46-47

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others”-Philippians 2: 1-4

God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”-1 Corinthians 1:9

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.”-Hebrews 3:13

Job 6:14

Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

James 4:4

Don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

 Genesis 34:21

“These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.

 Job 2: 11-13

When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.  Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

 Proverbs 17:17

 A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity

 Proverbs 27: 6

 Wounds of a friend can be trusted but an enemy multiplies kisses

 Proverbs 27: 10       

 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father

 John 15: 13-17

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  This is my command: Love each other.