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3 Great Examples of Friendship in the Bible

Hey girls! In honor of PI Friendship week, I’d like to talk about a few friendships in the Bible. Often we read our Bibles focusing on the actions and attitudes of a single person and forget to notice the bonds of friendship that hold people together. So let’s look at a few friendships in the Bible and just what made them great!

  • David and Jonathan.

If ever there was an example of dedicated friendship, it was between these guys. David had been recognized and anointed by Samuel as the next king of Israel, and Jonathan was the son of Saul, the current king of Israel. This is what the Bible says about the day that David and Jonathan met:

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 (1 Samuel 18:1-3, NLT).

That solemn pact between David and Jonathan included Jonathan giving David the robe from his back, his tunic, his sword, bow and belt. Jonathan showed his friendship to David by giving David all he had, including his weapons! Later when David first flees from Saul’s wrath, he tells Jonathan about his fears that Saul wants him dead. It is Jonathan who turns against his father, confirming David’s suspicions of Saul’s intentions and allowing him to escape. Jonathan valued David’s friendship more than his position as heir to the throne of Israel.

  • Job’s friends.

I know that when I read Job, I don’t always feel like Job’s friends (Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar) are as supportive as they could be, but sometimes our friends just don’t know what to say. Have you ever encountered a difficult situation in your life and even your best friend didn’t know what to say to make you feel better? I think that’s the situation Job’s friends found themselves in. Job lost everything – his wealth, children and health; as a friend, how do you even begin to help your hurting friend deal with a situation like that?

Job’s friends knew exactly how to begin,

When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words (Job 2:11-13, NLT).

When there were no words that could ease Job’s suffering, his friends joined him in his grief and were just silent. The best friends understand that sometimes their presence is more important than their words.

  • Elijah and Elisha.

Elijah had a rough job, he made a lot of powerful people angry and he wasn’t really a favorite of the kings of Israel. Elijah called down fire from heaven and killed two captains of the king’s guard and 100 soldiers. He battled the prophets of Baal and won. He prayed that it wouldn’t rain in Israel, and it didn’t–for three years. People were always trying to kill Elijah; they didn’t like being confronted by prophets of God.

To help him carry on his work, God found Elijah a friend and successor, Elisha. Elisha was a loyal and dedicated friend. In 2 Kings 2, God calls Elijah to Bethel to take him to heaven. Elisha was about to lose his friend and mentor; he would be all on his own. When Elijah told Elisha to stay, while he went on to Bethel, Elisha said,

“As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” (2 Kings 2:2, NLT).

Elisha knew that God was going to take Elijah from him at Bethel, but in spite of the sadness he would feel, Elisha refused to leave Elijah’s side.

Dedication, loyalty, love, comfort and sacrifice are some of the qualities that made these friendships great, and they’re some of the same things that make our relationship with Jesus amazing.

Girls, what qualities make your BFF amazing?

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other (Romans 12:10).

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  1. BekahBlue32

    Posted by BekahBlue32 on September 1, 2013 at 20:26

    The qualities my best friend is…basically being the other half of me =P we have the same mindset, and usually go through the same struggles at least once in our life- which is a help as we know what to say to make each other better because we know it felt to have doubts in our Faith, to feel unsure if the crush one if us like would be good if it just happened to become into a relationship, or just feeling overwhelmed with schoolwork. And it doesn’t help that we like the same silly chick flick movies or activities for sleepovers (writing and drawing.) She’s sweet and childish like me =P it’s fun not being the only weird one.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by CurlyFry on August 30, 2013 at 20:28

    My best friend, ohhh where can I start? She’s just amazing. We really started to bond when we were in choir in middle school. We figured out we don’t even live very far apart and I can walk to her house! So whenever we can we try and hang. Whenever she needs me I’m always there for her, and the same goes when I need her. I remember when I was really sick on my birthday (I had to stay home from school it was so bad) and she made cupcakes for me and sent me a get well/ happy birthday note and got me a little gift. It made me feel so good that a friend would care so much to make an effort to make me happy and care for me when I was in misery. We have so many great memories together, and I feel so blessed to have her as my best friend.

  3. PumpkinGirl

    Posted by PumpkinGirl on August 28, 2013 at 08:11

    I reading the full story of David at the moment, and this morning I read the part about just how loyal Jonathan was to David!!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by leah_03 on August 26, 2013 at 07:55

    My best friend and I are two very busy girls! But through that busyness, we try our best to spend time together or just talk on the phone. Our friendship is about dedication and helping each other out whenever we can. I wouldprobably compare our friensship to David and Jonathan because our common goal is to live for Jesus and our encouragement and dedication to each other is so important!

  5. emily.kate

    Posted by emily.kate on August 26, 2013 at 06:21

    Thanks for this article! I loved reading it. I’ve been reading the book of Job recently!

  6. Posted by Nicole on August 25, 2013 at 20:20

    aww I loved this article!! I didn’t know that about David and Jonathan, how amazing! Poor Job, he was such a loyal servant of God even when he lost everything. Elijah is such a powerful man of God, and I named our son after him! 🙂