What Jesus teaches about Friendship


Have you ever wondered what true friendship looks like from a biblical perspective? It’s easy to feel alone, even in a crowd, but Jesus offers a model for friendship that transcends time and culture. His teachings reveal how we can develop meaningful connections that enrich our lives and fortify our spirits.

Get ready to explore the beautiful lessons on friendship that Jesus shared during His time on Earth. These timeless principles can guide us in nurturing relationships that bring lasting joy and profound spiritual growth.

Bible Verse

John 15:13 (NIV): "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."


In John 15:13, Jesus provides a powerful definition of friendship. He describes the ultimate expression of love as laying down one’s life for a friend. This doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing physical life but giving of oneself fully—time, energy, and love.

Jesus exemplified this through His ministry. He invested in His disciples, teaching them, sharing meals, and even washing their feet—a task reserved for the lowliest servant. His actions were rooted in genuine care and affection, setting a high standard for friendship.

True friendship, according to Jesus, involves selflessness, loyalty, and a willingness to support one another through life’s trials and triumphs. When we follow His example, our friendships become more profound and meaningful.

Actions to Take

  • Invest Time: Dedicate regular time to be with your friends, whether through calls, meet-ups, or shared activities.

  • Be Selfless: Look for ways to serve and support your friends without expecting anything in return.

  • Show Empathy: Take the time to listen and understand your friends’ feelings and experiences.

  • Offer Encouragement: Build up your friends with positive words and actions, especially when they are going through tough times.

  • Pray for Your Friends: Lift your friends in prayer, asking God to bless, guide, and protect them.

Journal Prompts

  • Write about a friend who has demonstrated selfless love to you. How did their actions impact your life?

  • Reflect on a time you supported a friend in a challenging situation. How did it strengthen your bond?

  • What are some practical ways you can invest more in your friendships?

  • How do you currently pray for your friends, and how could you improve or expand those prayers?

  • What qualities do you admire in Jesus’ approach to friendship? How can you emulate these in your life?


Dear Lord,

Thank You for the incredible gift of friendship and for showing us the true essence of it through Your Son, Jesus. Help me to be a friend who loves selflessly, listens empathetically, and encourages others. May I always follow Jesus’ example of love and sacrifice, investing my time and energy in meaningful ways. Guide me in strengthening my friendships and help me be a light in my friends’ lives through Your love. Amen.

Social Posts

  • "True friendship is about selfless love. Be a friend who reflects the love of Jesus. #FriendshipGoals #LoveLikeJesus"

  • "Investing time and energy into our friendships is one of the best ways to show love and care. #TrueFriends #BeThere"

  • "A friend loves at all times, and Jesus set the perfect example for us to follow. #JesusTeaches #FriendshipMatters"

  • "Encourage, support, and pray for your friends. These small acts can make a big difference. #SpreadLove #BeAFriend"

  • "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Let’s love like Jesus! #John1513 #LoveInAction"


Understanding and applying Jesus’ teachings on friendship can transform your relationships into sources of immense joy and spiritual growth. By investing time, practicing selflessness, and offering genuine support, you can build and nurture deep, meaningful friendships.

Thank you for joining us in this study. We hope it has inspired you to enhance your friendships according to the beautiful model Jesus set for us. Continue your journey with us at BGodInspired.com, where we explore more ways to live a life enriched by God’s love and wisdom.<?

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