As I saw the verse above, it struck me that the definition of “love” in the bible is defined in 1 Corinthians 13 and so this morning I decided to bring the two bible texts together to bring about a larger biblical picture of what a “friend” can be defined as in biblical terms.
First, 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8a states:
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Therefore, a true biblical friend is someone who:
...is always patient with you
...is always kind with actions towards you
...is always happy for your success and does not envy anything you have been blessed to receive
...is always humble towards you and does not think in prideful or arrogant ways against you
...is always civil towards you
...is always seeking what is best for you
...is always thinking good thoughts about you
...is always rejoicing in the ways of truth which run through your life
...is always sad then sin is exposed in your life
...is always guarded to not gossip against you
...is always believing the best for you
...is always hopeful in every situation you may face
...is always there through the thick and the thin
...is always a steadfast rock you can lean on be assured will always be there for you
Do you have a friend like this? Are you are friend like this to others? The only one who can really measure up to the “always” in each of these is our friend Jesus. Our sinful nature does not allow us to “always” be that perfect friend to others or them to us and so grace and mercy are necessary parts of an on-going friendship.
Having friends who strive to be a biblical friend is a blessing in this world beyond compare, and being a biblical friend to someone else is the greatest gift you can give someone else.