Little Known Bible Verses About Friendship That Could Change Your Life

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The Bible, of course, doesn’t specifically address every topic that arises in each generation. It doesn’t, for example, include instructions on how to use a smart phone for good. Rather, its readers tend to find general principles about living that they can apply to their specific circumstances as the world progresses.

There are timeless topics, like how to treat others, however, that are explored in great detail. Below, you’ll find links to Bible verses on friendship, how to treat each other, and kindness.

Some people choose to review a verse like this each day, to remind them about how they wish to treat people in their daily routines. Others might seek to understand what these verses mean by finding the verses within the Bible and reading the surrounding chapters, so the verses below can be seen in the context of the Bible’s larger stories and teachings.

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Verses About Friendship

Proverbs 18:24 

A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

John 15:15

“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Proverbs 12:26

The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 13:20

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 22:24-25

Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12-15

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. “You are My friends if you do what I command you. read more.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

1 Samuel 18:1-3

Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.

Proverbs 16:28

A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

Proverbs 17:9

He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

Proverbs 20:6

Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

Proverbs 27:5-6

Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

1 Corinthians 10:24

Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.

James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Proverbs 15:22

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.

James 4:4

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

James 2:23

and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God.

Proverbs 27:9

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? read more.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

Verses About How to Treat Each Other

Be at peace with each other. (Mark 9:50)

Wash one another’s feet. (John 13:14)

Love one another. (John 13:34)

Love one another. (John 13:34)

Love one another. (John 13:35)

Love one another. (John 15:12)

Love one another. (John 15:17)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (Romans 12:10)

Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

Live in harmony with one another. (Romans 12:16)

Love one another. (Romans 13:8)

Stop passing judgment on one another. (Romans 14:13)

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you. (Romans 15:7)

Instruct one another. (Romans 15:14)

Greet one another with a holy kiss. (Romans 16:16)

When you come together to eat, wait for each other. (1 Cor. 11:33)

Have equal concern for each other. (1 Corinthians 12:25)

Greet one another with a holy kiss. (1 Corinthians 16:20)

Greet one another with a holy kiss. (2 Corinthians 13:12)

Serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)

If you keep on biting and devouring each other…you will be destroyed by each other. 
(Galatians 5:15)

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galatians 5:26)

Carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)

Be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

Be kind and compassionate to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)

Forgiving each other. (Ephesians 4:32)

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Ephesians 5:19)

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)

In humility, consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Do not lie to each other… (Colossians 3:9)

Bear with each other… (Colossians 3:13)

Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. (Colossians 3:13)

Teach…one another. (Colossians 3:16)

Admonish one another. (Colossians 3:16)

Make your love increase and overflow for each other. (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

Love each other. (1 Thessalonians 4:9)

Encourage each other. (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Encourage each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Encourage one another daily. (Hebrews 3:13)

Spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

Encourage one another. (Hebrews 10:25)

Do not slander one another. (James 4:11)

Don’t grumble against each other. (James 5:9)

Confess your sins to each other. (James 5:16)

Pray for each other. (James 5:16)

Love one another deeply, from the heart. (1 Peter 3:8)

Live in harmony with one another. (1 Peter 3:8)

Love each other deeply. (1 Peter 4:8)

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others. (1 Peter 4:10)

Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. (1 Peter 5:5)

Greet one another with a kiss of love. (1 Peter 5:14)

Love one another. (1 John 3:11)

Love one another. (1 John 3:23)

Love one another. (1 John 4:7)

Love one another. (1 John 4:11)

Love one another. (1 John 4:12)

Love one another. (2 John 5)

Verses About Kindness

How precious is your lovingkindness, O God!  And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)

For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting.(Psalm 117:2)

The generous person will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:25)

What is desirable in a person is kindness, and it is better to be poor than a liar. (Proverbs 19:22)

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.  If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:27-31)

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.  Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap.  For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. (Luke 6:36-38)

It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35b)

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails. Now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13)

Let us not lose heart in doing good. (Galatians 6:9a)

With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men. (Ephesians 6:7)

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:3-7)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men.  The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:4-8)

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