This Article is About
month old baby
cup of coffee
few days
What Does The Bible Say About Friendship?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

What Does the Bible Say About Friendship?

I live in Argentina. A few days ago I was having coffee with my wife. We love to have a cup of coffee together. My mom who lives close was watching my two daughters so that we could have a date together (with our four month old baby). It was friend's day. What? Yeah.. that's right. Friend's day. In Argentina, we have a day once a year (July 20th) that is called friend's day. It is day where friends hang out to celebrate and give each other gifts in some cases. We discussed how friendhsip is different in Argentina than it is in the US.

As we talked about what a friend is, I started thinking about what the Bible has to say about this topic. I believe that when the Bible is interpreted properly what is says applies to any culture and it applies for any time. I have been reading and studying this topic and out of personal interest will continue to do so. I would like to share with you a little about this passage and three initial insights from it that relate to friendship.

The Bible passage is in John 15:12-15. The time is near Jesus' death. He is with his disciples and he calls them 'friends' And he gives a definition of friendship I believe. He does it indirectly by way of contrast. He says that he does not call them servants and the reason He gives for this is that a servant does not know the master's business. In other words there is a relationship of authority but there is not a relationship of intimacy between a master and a servant.

He goes on to say that He has called them friends and He gives the reason. He has made known everything that He has learned from the Father. So what do we learn about friendship from this passage:

  • With someone you call a friend you can be transparent. You don't hold back. You open the curtain and show your friend who you really are. This is what Jesus did with his disciples whom he called friends.
  • We're not Jesus and we have a lot we would probably wish to hide about ourselves. And yet because Jesus has accepted us as we are if we have trusted in His offer of forgiveness than we can be free to open our lives to others and show them whom we really are.
  • We live in an era of facebook friends and social media. People are connected constantly. In the midst of all this, do we have true friends? With whom do we share everything, the real me. Christ did this with his friends. He offers His friendship to us and frees us to do the same with others.

Street Talk

we hope the following links will assist with any inquiry you have. Mailing Address: 34490 Ridge Rd Willoughby Ohio 44094 Phone number: 1-440-278-4568 Customer Service, Products or Partner Relations Inquiries: 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

  about 9 years ago
You May Also Like
The Biblical Definition Of Marriage - What Does the Bible Say?
The biblical definition of marriage may seem to be a boring topic to many, but actually the Bible gives wonderful principles that can lead to exciting, happy, and successful marriages that can be filled with bliss. As we ponder the biblical definition of marriage, we will ask ourselves, "What does…
By: Dr. Randy Carney in  Relationships  >  Marriage   May 26, 2011  
  Likes: 4

The Bible is About Jesus
Many people make the grave mistake in thinking that the bible is a novel, a feel good read, a motivational piece, great literature, the Word of God, and for inspiration. However, one key element that is missing when it comes to the Bible is that the entire bible is all…
By: Koko Ishe in  News and Society  >  Religion   Jun 08, 2011  
  Likes: 1

What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos?
There is primarily one scriptural reference to what we would consider in our day as tattoos and what the bible says about it. Tattoos have been done by people for time on in. For years I wondered if this was okay to do because growing up, I saw it rampant.…
By: Koko Ishe in  News and Society  >  Religion   Oct 25, 2011  
  Likes: 3

Understanding the Message Of the Bible
This article would have interest only to a serious seeker of truth from the Bible...someone who really wants to understand what is the main teaching found in the Bible. I've found many different ideas as to the purpose for the existence of the Bible. It's not my intent to try…
By: PHIL THOMAS in  Self Improvement  >  Spirituality   May 17, 2011  
  Likes: 2

The Benefits Of Baby Signing
Baby Signing is becoming very popular amongst parents as a way of developing methods of communication with their baby before speech is established. Any parent will recognize a baby's gestures as they attempt to communicate before they have any words. This is due to muscle development, a baby's gross and…
By: Harry Dubois in  Home and Family  >  Babies Toddler   Jun 07, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Some Mothers Find Happiness After Finding A Job
Ah, the comforts of home. The coffee is brewing, and the lasagna is cooking in the slow cooker. Your little one, a six-month-old baby girl named Abigail, lies on a blanket on the floor. She looks up at you, wide-eyed, smiling, and cooing with wonder. You have no boss to…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Self Improvement   Dec 14, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Soothing Sounds For Baby
You've spent most of your sleeping hours awake with a crying or fussy newborn baby since you got home from the hospital. You've gotten to the point you're about to burst with frustration. You're at your wits' end as an inexperienced parent and you're wondering what you can do to…
By: Barrett Jacques in  Home and Family  >  Parenting   Aug 02, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Indoor Activities for Kids
What comes to mind when you read or hear the words INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS? Automatically we come to the same assumption as many around the world: playstation3 ,xbox ,wii and so many more consoles we can go on and name. How many parents/caregivers have honestly preferred there kids to…
By: coleanddestiny in  Home and Family   Oct 11, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Future Hurdles With Your Precious Premature Baby
You and your premature baby has overcome a massive challenge in the past weeks or months with getting well and strong enough to go home. Then as time passes by, you start to notice a few difficulties; some may be long term, and some only short term. These include like…
By: MarleneW in  Home and Family  >  Pregnancy   Apr 01, 2016  
  Likes: 3

Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts And Satish Reddy Walked the Cannes Red Carpet
The Cannes Film Festival 2016 began with a bang where beautiful and talented people are convening to celebrate the string of movie debuts with glamorous red carpet walks and even more glamorous parties. Hundreds of celebs have walked those famed Cannes red carpet steps, here's a look at the celebs…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Religion   May 30, 2016  
  Likes: 0

The Truth Of Genesis: The Seven Feasts Of Yehovah, Part 5
One thing that is often overlooked, is the fact that the priests of the Temple came to Pilate on Friday, April 30th, 28 AD, to ask him to seal the tomb of Jesus and post a guard, to prevent the disciples from stealing the body of Jesus and claiming that…
By: Herman Cummings in  News and Society  >  Religion   May 17, 2016  
  Likes: 1

Best Solution to Overcome From Husband Wife Problem
Astrologer:- A study of the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets in order to judge their influence on human actions. Relationship:- Relationship is such a big word that binds us together. We are all connected to each other cause our relationship. A good relationship means to…
By: vashikaran in  News and Society  >  Religion   May 14, 2016  
  Likes: 0

The Truth Of Genesis: The Seven Feasts Of Yehovah, Part 4
The moadim of First Fruits controls when all of the other feasts are observed. At the end of the 12th month, called Adar, the barley is inspected to see if it has reached the stage of ripeness, called “aviv”. Originally, the first month of the Hebrew year was called Aviv.…
By: Herman Cummings in  News and Society  >  Religion   Apr 12, 2016  
  Likes: 0

How Can A God Of Love Allow Suffering To Exist?
How can a God of love allow all this evil and suffering to exist? My wife’s question is when my parents were physically abusing me I prayed for help and God did nothing, Why? To answer the first question we need to divide the question into two parts. We need…
By: Tim Fay in  News and Society  >  Religion   Apr 11, 2016  
  Likes: 0

The Truth Of Genesis: The Seven Feasts Of Yehovah, Part 3
In Part 2, we explained what Passover was, and revealed the events which encircled the event, which occurred on the 14th day of the first month, the month of Aviv. After sundown, which starts the fifteenth day of the month, is the appointed time called unleavened bread. Leaven is what…
By: Herman Cummings in  News and Society  >  Religion   Mar 28, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 5741    Report this Article