A true friend is there through the
good and bad, beautiful and
ugly, hot and cold, rain or shine
A true friend can’t wait to see you,
embrace you, hug you, love you,
laugh with you, talk with you
A true friend is your backseat driver,
protector, adviser, right-hand-man,
partner, consultant, one-of-a-kind
A true friend will not tolerate excuses,
condone compromise, or lie for you
A true friend is your bosom-buddy,
pal, confidant, sidekick, colleague,
A true friend is fifty-fifty, will tell you
anything, keep a secret, correct you
when you are wrong, and advise you
to do that which is right
A true friend is bold, courageous,
fearless, and will be at your side
in a moment’s notice, under
A true friend will not patronize you,
forsake you, lie to you, or betray you
A true friend will stand shoulder-to-shoulder
with you through life’s toughest times, and
will not back down in the face of adversity
A true friend is not dictated to or ruled-over
by others, but listens to you, cares only for
you, and puts you first in his life–above and
beyond everything and everyone on Earth
A true friend will share his life experiences
with you, and tell you the truth in love,
even if it hurts and makes you mad
A true friend will stand up for you in the
midst of your persecution, and guard
you in a storm of rocks and arrows
A true friend will keep a secret, correct
you, encourage you, and love you,
even when you are wrong
A true friend will warn you of danger,
warn you when you are being deceived,
tell you “Don’t do it!” and always be
there for you…no matter what
A true friend will hold your hand tightly,
support you, stop you from falling, crawl
with you, and carry you if you can’t walk
A true friend will feel your pain and
sorrow, suffer with you, cry with you,
and gently dry the tears from your face
A true friend will trust you with his life,
take you at your word, and tell you
to get tough and stop your whining
A true friend will stand face-to-face with
your enemies, defend you, protect you,
fight for you, make sacrifices for you,
and even die for you
A true friend will look ahead for you,
be there with you, lead you, guide you,
walk side-by-side with you, guard you,
follow behind you, and watch your
back to keep you safe
A true friend will give you his last morsel
of food, last drop of water, last breath of air
A true friend’s shoulder is stained with your tears…
In Remembrance of his True Friends
“When we consider the blessings of God—the gifts that add beauty and joy to our lives, that enable us to keep going through stretches of boredom and even suffering—friendship is very near the top.”—Donald W. McCullough, Mastering Personal Growth
Friendship Bible Verses: This collection of friendship Bible verses celebrates the blessings of God in the gift of true friendship.
True and Lasting Friendship Can Occur Suddenly
1 Samuel 18:1–3
After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. (NLT)
True Friends Strengthen and Help Each Other
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (NLT)
Friendship is Marked by Sacrifice
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. (NLT)
Believers Enjoy Friendship with God
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. (NLT)
Friendship with the World Makes You an Enemy of God
You 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. (NLT)
Examples of Good Friends in the Bible
David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17, 42; 2 Samuel 1:26)
David and Abiathar (1 Samuel 22:23)
David and Nahash (2 Samuel 10:2)
David and Hushai (2 Samuel 15:32–37)
Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:2)
Job’s Friends (Job 2:11)
Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17)
Paul’s Ministry Friends (Romans 16:3-5; 2 Corinthians 2:12-13; Philippians 2:25; Colossians 4:7, 14;
2 Timothy 1:2-4; Philemon 1)
True Friend Quotes and Friendship Sayings
We’ve carefully selected only the best true friend quotes and true friend sayings from many sources. Here are our favorite true friend quotes, from the likes of William James, Henry David Thoreau, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
St. Thomas Aquinas True Friendship Quote:
~ St. Thomas Aquinas
Benjamin Disraeli Quotation on Being a Friend:
~ Benjamin Disraeli
Friend Saying from an Unknown Author:
Elbert Hubbard Friend Saying:
~ Elbert Hubbard
Emily Kimbrough Friend Quotation:
~ Emily Kimbrough
True Friend Quote from an Unknown Author:
Friend Saying from a Latin Proverb:
~ Latin Proverb
William James Friend Quotation:
~ William James
An Unknown Author on the Best Kind of Friend:
Elisabeth Foley True Friend Quote:
~ Elisabeth Foley
Henry David Thoreau Friend Saying:
~ Henry David Thoreau
Dave Tyson Gentry True Friendship Quote:
~ Dave Tyson Gentry
Doug Larson True Friend Quote:
~ Doug Larson
Grace Pulpit Friendship Quotation:
~ Grace Pulpit
Robert Louis Stevenson True Friend Quote:
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
True Friendship – Recognition
How can we find true friendship in this often phony, temporary world? Friendship involves recognition or familiarity with another’s personality. Friends often share likes and dislikes, interests, pursuits, and passion.
How can we recognize potential friendship? Signs include a mutual desire for companionship and perhaps a common bond of some kind. Beyond that, genuine friendship involves a shared sense of caring and concern, a desire to see one another grow and develop, and a hope for each other to succeed in all aspects of life. True friendship involves action: doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return; sharing thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or negative criticism.
True Friendship – Relationship, Trust, Accountability
True friendship involves relationship. Those mutual attributes we mentioned above become the foundation in which recognition transpires into relationship. Many people say, “Oh, he’s a good friend of mine,” yet they never take time to spend time with that “good friend.” Friendship takes time: time to get to know each other, time to build shared memories, time to invest in each other’s growth.
Trust is 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 end up on the Internet the next day! Failing to be trustworthy with those intimate secrets can destroy a friendship in a hurry. 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.
True friendship requires certain accountability factors. Real friends encourage one another and forgive one another where there has been an offense. Genuine friendship supports during times of struggle. Friends are dependable. In true friendship, unconditional love develops. We love our friends no matter what and we always want the best for our friends.
True Friendship – Examples of Real Friendship
True friendship stories are found throughout the Bible. In Genesis 18:17-33, we read about God sharing His intentions with Abraham. Abraham responds by telling God his thoughts and feelings about the situation. God and Abraham are able to do this because they trust and respect each other.
First Samuel 20 focuses on the friendship of David and Jonathan. These two men truly cared for each other and had great trust and confidence in one another. David was running for his life from Jonathan’s father, Saul. Jonathan recognized that David was innocent. Because of the true friendship they shared, David survived Saul’s assassination attempts and went on to become one of Israel’s greatest kings.
Real and true friendship involves freedom of choice, accountability, truth, and forgiveness. Peter and Jesus give us this example: Peter, afraid for his life after Jesus is led away from the Garden of Gethsemane, denies knowing Jesus (John 18). As He is led away by His accusers, Jesus casts a look toward Peter that says, “I knew you would deny Me, and I forgive you” (John 21).
Real friendship looks at the heart, not just the “packaging.” Genuine friendship loves for love’s sake, not just for what it can get in return. True friendship is both challenging and exciting. It risks, it overlooks faults, and it loves unconditionally, but it also involves being truthful, even though it may hurt. Genuine friendship, also called “agape” love, comes from the Lord. The Lord Jesus calls us His friends and He laid down His life for us (John 15).
Relationships in real life involve different levels of friendships, and that’s okay. But humans are designed by God for lasting relationships. Often our isolationist society offers only vague, empty relationships. God wants us to have friends here on earth. Most of all, He wants us to be friends with Him!
God’s Word tells us that a friend sticks closer than a brother, and that in order for one to be a friend, one must show themselves friendly (Proverbs 18:24). The question is: what type of friend do you desire to be?
Proverbs 18:19 in the New Living Translation says: “It’s harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars.” When we’ve offended a true friend – whether by breaking a trust or by speaking the truth with love – we risk losing that friendship. We must be careful not to break the trust. But when not speaking the truth will cause greater hurt in our friend’s life, we must be willing to sacrifice our needs for those of our friend. That is true friendship.
If we sometimes offend a friend without meaning to, God’s Word offers a solution. It’s called forgiveness. There is no greater example than the love of God for us. It is so great that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in order that our friendship with God might be restored. He did that in spite of the fact that we have offended Him deeply. We have disobeyed His commands, turned our backs on Him, and followed our own path. So the question remains: What type of friend do you want to be? True Christian friendship forgives.
Do you need a friend? God wants to be your true friend. Are you longing for companionship? God is always with you (Hebrews 13:5). Who do you know who needs a true friend today? God wants you to befriend others. He calls us to be His hands and feet in a world starving for true friendship.