Friendship: Keys for Finding and Keeping Good Friends

Nearly everyone appreciates having good friends because we know the joy and enrichment they add to our lives. How do we build and improve our friendships?

Retired boxer Muhammad Ali said, “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

God’s Word is one of the best places to learn about friendship. Here we read much about the importance of this precious, much-sought-after relationship. The Bible says that Abraham was called “the friend of God” (James 2:23 ) and that “the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11 ). God obviously understands the value and importance of friendship in our lives. And, amazingly, even though He is and always will be the supreme God of the universe, He offers to have this kind of relationship with us!

Solomon wrote that there is a friend who “sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 ). We certainly need to have friends like this, and we also need to be this kind of friend for others. Sadly, we know that not all friendships last and not all are as genuine as we once may have thought. King David experienced the pain of betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9 ), as did our Savior when He was betrayed by Judas (John 13:18 ).

Would you like to learn more about finding, making and keeping good friends? Would you like to learn how to be a good friend in a world where trust and interpersonal skills are on the decline? Then read the articles in this section! All of them explain and are based on biblical truths about friendship!

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