What Jesus teaches about Friendship


Friendship is one of life’s greatest blessings. It provides us with love, support, and a mirror through which we can see ourselves more clearly. When speaking about the value of friendship, who better to learn from than Jesus Himself? His life and teachings give us a divine blueprint for creating and nurturing friendships that glorify God and enrich our lives. Read on, and discover what timeless wisdom Jesus shared on this sacred bond.

Imagine having a friend who would go to the ends of the earth for you, who listens without judgment, and loves unconditionally. The words of Jesus invite us to be that very kind of friend. His teachings are not just about receiving love but equally about giving it in genuine and transformative ways.

Bible Verse

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


John 15:13 is a powerful verse that encapsulates the essence of true friendship. At its core, Jesus is speaking about the deepest form of love—agape love—that goes beyond just words and feelings. It is love demonstrated through action, even to the point of personal sacrifice. Jesus embodied this ultimate form of friendship by laying down His life for us.

But His teachings go beyond the literal act of laying down one’s life. It can also mean putting aside our own desires, convenience, and comfort for the sake of others. True friendship involves mutual respect, sacrifice, and commitment. Through His life, Jesus set the perfect example of how to be a friend who loves deeply and unconditionally.

When we follow Jesus’ teachings on friendship, we are called to show the same unwavering loyalty and love. This type of friendship attracts divine blessings and strengthens the fabric of our communities. By loving others selflessly, we embody the essence of Jesus’ command and make His presence known in our lives and relationships.

Actions to Take

– Make intentional efforts to spend quality time with your friends. A strong friendship thrives on shared experiences and moments.

– Practice active listening. Take time to genuinely understand and empathize with what your friends are going through.

– Look for ways to serve your friends. Small acts of kindness can show that you truly care and are willing to sacrifice for their wellbeing.

– Communicate openly and honestly. Building trust means being willing to engage in transparent, loving conversations.

– Pray for your friends. Invite God into your relationships and ask for His guidance, blessing, and strength in nurturing your friendships.

Journal Prompts

– Think of a time when a friend showed you unconditional love. How did it impact you?

– Reflect on your own friendships. Are there areas where you can be more like the friend Jesus describes?

– Write about a friend for whom you are grateful and why.

– What sacrifices are you willing to make for your friends? Describe what that looks like.

– How can you bring more love and understanding into your friendships?


Lord Jesus, thank You for teaching me the true meaning of friendship. Help me to be more like You in my relationships, loving unconditionally and selflessly. Guide me to make sacrifices that strengthen my friendships and honor You. Lord, bless my friends, and may our friendships glorify Your name. Amen.

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Friendship as taught by Jesus is a powerful force that can transform our lives and the lives of those around us. By following His teachings, we can build relationships that are not only fulfilling but also glorify God. Remember, every act of love and sacrifice we make for our friends strengthens our bond and draws us closer to the heart of Jesus.

Thank you for joining us in this short devotional. We encourage you to continue exploring and applying God’s word with us at BGodInspired.com. Let’s walk this journey together, friend to friend, inspired by the love of Jesus.

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