Bible Verses About Friendship: 20 Good Scripture Quotes

by Josh Wiley on May 1, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

What does the Bible say about Friendship? How are we to choose our friends? How should friends treat one another? All of these are good questions and the Bible has some good Scriptures to study to answer them. I am sure you came to this article looking for some great Bible Verses so I will leave you to them and let them do the speaking on the important subject of friendship.

Check out Alan Jackson singing the classic Christian song ” What a friend we have in Jesus” to the right (You can hit play and listen to it while you read through the verses)

Jesus on Friendship

John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Greatest Friend is God

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

How To Pick Your Friends

Proverbs 12:26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Proverbs 14:6-7 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

How To Treat Your Friends

Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.

Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Bible Verses About FriendshipImportance of Friendships

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Bible Examples of Friendship

  • Ruth and Naomi

Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”

  • David and Jonathan

1 Samuel 18:1-3 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

  • Job’s Friends

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.

  • Elijah and Elisha

2 Kings 2:2 And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

C.S. Lewis Friendship Quotes

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

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solomon July 29, 2012 at 2:03 am

i so much love word of GOD

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nomolos August 7, 2012 at 2:31 am

I’m sure you do.

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Blessie August 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thank u soo much for this article! It helped me alot!!

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Jessica August 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

My husband and I are a young christian couple that have been married for a year now. He really wants to have a baby but I have been holding back becuase 1) at this point in my assembly too many of our friends are pregnant and I hate to follow people, so I kinda want us to do it at least when at least most of them have their kids…2) Financially its a little rough. I feel like we are living paycheck to pay check.

He is not going through a phase becuase we have have many converstions about this and he still feels the same. Also he prayed and the Lord told him the time is right. I know my husband is the priest and I love him very much, I respect him as my husband and a man of God..he is a great husband. He belives the Lord will Provide. Need a little advise

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Jack Wellman August 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hello Jessica. I love your humility and humbleness….you sound like a godly woman of faith and being in submission to your husband as he is to Christ, I can only say that if you are not wanting to have a child because of many of your friends being pregnant, you are putting your desire to not follow them ahead of your husband’s wishes. Also, as far as finances, I believe that the Lord will provide. If you are living paycheck to paycheck, you are in good company because that’s most of us. You can trust in God and if you follow the desire of your husband, the Lord will honor that trust and that obedience. That is my opinion only though and do what you feel is in your heart. I hope this helps somewhat and thank you for visiting us.

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Halbert December 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

You are not in good company. Living paycheck by paycheck is absolutely dangerous. How long may you keep your quality of life if that paycheck stops today? Yes, God will provide–in His way. I believe God will rescue us in extreme situation, but otherwise, He will teach us to be good stewards. And unfortunately, living paycheck by paycheck is not appropriate stewardship for a Christian. Financial stability comes with working “intelligently”, not hard. Having a savings account enough to keep you going six months without pay, building an investing account, and, most of all, getting financially educated are vital! Learning how to manage money is not rocket science. My advice, get financially ready to provide for your baby. It’s all about good stewardship, and staying away from that “good company”.

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Moonshiners Daughter June 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

So easy to say if your job/wages are secure! We don’t all live like that Halbert (Having a savings account enough to keep you going six months without pay, building an investing account) we would love to be in that position. I don’t think you have any experience of being poor so how can you advise. I think the poor ‘Live by faith’ much more than the financially comfortable

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September August 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I completely agree with Halbert. You are not in good company just because many other are in that position. Those many other arent going to provide for you or be there for you in time of need because they will be too busy trying to figure out their own issues. So dont let that encourage you.Yes God will provide and give you the desires of your, and yes we should go after our dreams, but use wisdom. It will save you sleepless nights and other night mares down the road. And the poor arent the only ones who live by faith. The rich and the poor do. And you have authority in Cgrist, pray bold prayers and ask the Lord to bless your husband and yourself with a better job and like Halbert said, get financial advice and pray and ask God for wisdom on how to be good stewards of your money. God bless your family.

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Justin October 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

I know I’m a little late, and I don’t want to offend you, but as a wife it is your duty to bear children for your husband. To deny him that right and honor for your own purposes is a sin and a slap in his face. Women refusing to have children for even the most harmless reasons have found themselves in some terrible situations.

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jessica October 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for advice Justin.

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September August 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

She isnt denying giving her husband kids, she is being wise in thinking about her situation. This is why so many Christians end up in things they could have avoided. Situations that they did not need to go through, because of the lack of wisdom. Yes its our duty as wives, but you dont want to be disobedient to God either because you didnt walk in his timing. Justin says these woman have found themselves in terrible situation for not giving their husbands kids,but that isnt your case because you are not denying him his desires…it’ll be a terrible situation when you dont do in the timing of God. His timing is always best. Listen to His voice..

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Jessica August 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Thanks Jack for your Godly advice. I agree with you. I will go ahead with my husband. Putting ppl ahead of his is the last thing i want to do.

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Jack Wellman August 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Jessica. Wow…I just wonder if your husband knows just how blessed he is? Thank you. May your child be blessed beyond measure.

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Jessica August 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks againn Jack. lol thts funny about how im in good company living paycheck to paycheck..lol..Its so rough eventhough I graduated college its rough…Its ok though. God is God always, so I guess we will be fine.

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Eby November 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

Hi Jessica , you choose rightly. About pay check to pay check, I was reading many arguments. I understand that we need to be good stewards of money, but “Having a savings account enough to keep you going six months” sounds good. But where do you put your trust in, your wise thinking and ability to save for six months and your savings account or God. I’m not stating a theory here, but from my life experience by trusting completely on the word of God.
Mathew 6:25,26 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

It is not our wise thinking that keeps us going, but faith in our Lord.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts

When you have everything it is hard to trust in God, but when you come to a situation where nowhere to look except God, there you will know the provision of God. I encourage you to completely trust in God. And listen to your husband in this matter. ( I believe, you already did and God blessed you)
God bless you and use your family in His Kingdom.

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Jessica August 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I think he does. He is a great man of God.

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bui August 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

thank you so much for the word of god. it helps me to choose a a good friend(even though i don’t have any good ones.)i started smoking when i went out with a wrong group. now i have stopped smoking and i still feel that my friends would not appreciate me quitting. please help i need your advise.

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Jack Wellman August 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thank you Bui for your comment. Congratulations. Let me say that David and Jonathan had one of the greatest friendships that have ever been. Do you want to please your friends more than please God? I know the answer. I am sure you want to please God more. To find a friend, be a friend the Proverbs say. Find godly friends and godly friends are in the Body of Christ, the local churches. You must seek those who are like minded because you will become like those you are around…and if they are worldly, sinning friends who are not Christian, that is the way you will become. If you have godly, Christian friends, you will become more godly and live a Christian life. That is my advice to you friend. May God richly bless you in your walk with Christ. He is coming again…for you and for me. Keep looking up.

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Nighat October 2, 2012 at 5:39 am

Hi Jack I am a Pakistani Christian lady my names is Nighat. i like and appreciate your thought that to have a good life we should Choose Christian friends so that we could know more about Jesus and live a Christian life. Thanks a lot for your nice thought. Hope I will get reply from you.
God bless you abundantly.

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Jack Wellman October 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Thank you Nighat. I do hope you come back. I know to have a friend you can be a friend. That is from the Proverbs 18:24

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Nighat October 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

Thanks a lot Jack for reply i am glad to get it and i pray at home and when I go to church for all friends that may they faithful to each other.
Proverbs 20:6
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?
Take care

Nighat October 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

Jack I would also like to tell you that my mom is a diabetes patient and my dad is not good to us. Many times he says us to leave home some times my mom and I want to leave home because of dad but we can not do that for it is difficult for us to manage other home. My mom is a very kind lady she loves me and often says to me do not worry Jesus knows that whatever your dad does to us it is very bad. When we see people happy we wish to be like them. I am thankful to Jesus that I found you to get some advice and hope that you will write me.

Nighat October 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

Hello Jack how are you? Hope you feel fine by the grace of God. I would like to get your advice to choose friends as I think that you are a spiritual man for I have no friends now I had friends when I was in college and now I have no any one and the other thing that I do not get time to go out mostly I help my mom at home in her works.

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Jack Wellman October 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hello Nighat. I believe the best thing to do to find friends is to smile and be polite, open doors for people, sit down to someone and just start talking…but choosing friends should be choosing someone who is a Christian for you don’t want to find a friend and be friends with someone who isn’t a believer because they could lead you down the wrong path. Sit next to someone new at church. Look for people that no one else sits by and sit next to them and introduce yourself.

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Nighat October 5, 2012 at 12:13 am

Hello Jack thanks a lot for your nice advice. I am a polite and was a jolly lady but since my Christian friend left me to write I became very disappoint because of the suddenly changing of my friend. Still I could not forget my first friend who was nice, polite and kind to me. Please pray for my dad that he become good to us and most important thing to pray for our churches and Christian people in Pak we need your prays. I like the way you advice and I want to share something with you about our Christian people and churches. God bless you and your family.

Nighat October 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hello Jack How are you? I went to church on Sunday and talked little bit to a lady who is a nice and hope I will see her again. Thank you for your advice to be a friend of a Christian people. I think you should have an especial Christian advice institution that people get nice advices from you from all over the world about their problems. I am glad that you get time for others. I pray for you and for the people who are in troubles.

Travis October 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Bui, the word says that God will meet all of our need according to His riches in glory and that if we delight ourselves in Him that He will give us the desires of our hearts. That’s so great that you quit smoking! Way to go! I believe that if you now begin to “hang out” with God like you never have before and find a great church that good friends will come your. However don’t forget that the Word also says to have friends we must show ourselves friendly.

God bless!

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david November 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

where in the bible does it say he will give us “the desires of our hearts?” if you can find biblical evidence i’d be very open to hearing it, but if not then i want to let you know that’s not biblical friend.

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Jack Wellman November 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Psalm 37: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” It is biblical my friend.

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Putt December 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Just to add:
Psalm 21:2
You have granted him HIS HEART’S DESIRE and have not withheld the request of his lips.

Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

R. Spanier August 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

There’s also this from the Bible of Orthodox (e.g. Russian, Greek etc.) and Catholic Christians (the best friend, as we surely agree, is Jesus):
Sirach: 6:5-17

A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,
and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.
Let your acquaintances be many,
but one in a thousand your confidant.
When you gain a friend, first test him,
and be not too ready to trust him.
For one sort is a friend when it suits him,
but he will not be with you in time of distress.
Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,
and tells of the quarrel to your shame.
Another is a friend, a boon companion,
who will not be with you when sorrow comes.
When things go well, he is your other self,
and lords it over your servants;
But if you are brought low, he turns against you
and avoids meeting you.
Keep away from your enemies;
be on your guard with your friends.
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum can balance his worth.
A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy,
such as he who fears God finds;
For he who fears God behaves accordingly,
and his friend will be like himself.

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jessica August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thanks for the words of wisdom. beautiful article

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Lillian September 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love and trust the Lord thy God.He has always been good to me ,answering my prayers.I pray all the time.I an discouraged,I want to sell my home so I can be back near my family who I love an means so much to me. I do not think God is listening to me.I have so much faith in God.I want him to hear me.He has helped me through a lot through the years,I thank God everyday for all he has done.I do not understand why he is not listening to me now.When I need him the most.I do my best to live the way he wants me to live.I am trying to be patient,Am I praying to God wrong,or is God waiting for the right moment to answer my prayers? Waiting….

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hello Lillian. Let me direct you to an article that was just published today by Robert Driskell, an biblically sound and faith-educated man of God who wrote the article “When God is Silent: Why Does God Not Seem to be Answering My Prayer” which is an excellent work showing from the Word of God, the Bible, why God is sometimes silent. Please let us know if it helps. May God bless you my friend and give you some comfort in the link below from Robert’s excellent article:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/when-god-is-silent-why-does-god-not-seem-to-be-answering-my-prayer/

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Liz October 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

Please givve me some advice, I haved a hard time making and keeping friends. I feel I do not matter to othjer people.I am now making a stand on the word for friends;
any adsvice would help

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Justin October 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

Liz, I understand your situation well. What I’ve learned is that God will actually destroy your confidence in your own ability to do just about everything in your life in order to get you to completely rely on him. I used to feel abandoned by my friends, but once I gave up and asked Him to make things right for me, things changed. Im a much happier person, and now my friends gravitate towards me. Also, people who are not quite ready or prepares for such a strong spiritual presence will shy away from you. It is a sign that God is active in your life. Be thankful.

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Jack Wellman October 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

To find a friend, be a friend the Proverbs say. Find godly friends and godly friends are in the Body of Christ, the local churches. You must seek those who are like minded because you will become like those you are around…and if they are worldly, sinning friends who are not Christian, that is the way you will become. If you have godly, Christian friends, you will become more godly and live a Christian life. Even if you feel you don’t matter to others, you matter to God. Start my making friends in church, at work, in school (if you are a student). Invite someone out to lunch, sit next to someone in church. Talk to your pastor about a singles group.

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david November 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Right on, but (and i’m not sure if this was the point you were making) this text, along with the next verse, are talking about the Lord giving you your hearts desire. He will give you you’re desires if you delight in him, if you commit your ways to him, if you trust him. He gives us our hearts desires as long as they’re Godly desires. It’s like how Henry Ford said about his first line of cars “you can have any color you want..as long as it’s black.” in James 4 it says that “you ask, but do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” but then in chapter 5 he goes on to say “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” I believe while that does mean he will give us our hearts desires, they’d be Godly desires. If your concerned with wealth and power and the things of this world, you may get them, but it’ll be incredibly hard to not let them contaminate your heart. We serve a God who was king who came a servant, and we would do well to focus on what he want’s for us, and how we can best love him, and not so much about the having wealth, or comfort. It’s gotta be all about Jesus. I’m not sure if that’s what you meant, but if it was i apologize for the misunderstanding!:P

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Jack Wellman November 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thank you David. Love the Henry Ford comment. I wrote an article about Psalm 37 and just love this but I also saw, as you rightly mentioned, that He delights in us when we are obedient to Him as long as they are godly desires. Great, great point sir. I so agree that riches are a dangerous thing to have and they can deceive us into thinking we don’t need God and that we do ask for wrong motives. I wish I had included your wise remarks and godly advice and Scriptures in that article that I wrote. Spot on brother.

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stepmom September 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Hello,

Please need some advise! I have 4 step-children and three of those step-kids live at home still. All of them are adults except one (he is 17) and still in highschool. The problem is my husband lets them get away with cussing me and treating me wrong, and destroying my things! He said he does not hear me? When I try to talk to him about these issues? and He said he can’t pick his kids over me? I have raised them, he just never gave me much say about anything, no rules no bedtime no structure for his kids, and know he him self can not stand them, but they are still his kids! and he said he loves them! I understand that. But he so needs to stand up for me, we have been married 15 yrs. and if he loves me and wants to stay married he should prove it not just with words but with actions. and tell his kids enough is enough! He said he does not know what to do? and at times they get abusive with me after he goes to bed, trying to knot down my door and destroying my things! so I have to protect my self and call the police. he will not address the issues! nor will he handle any problem during the day, so you see if for sure is not going to do anything at night, he drinks and take a sleep aid. so he is pretty much useless when i need him in the night! They are step-kids from hell, and its so stressful! I have asked my husband to go to counseling? He does not want to go! At the end of rope here! Step kids are winning this fight, which is what they want to do. they say i am not family and never will be and they never cared about me, you see their dad lets them having drinking parties here and they do not have to work for anything. just eat sleep and party, so he is not doing them justice!

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Jack Wellman September 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Dear Stepmom. What a nightmare scenario this is. I would say to get rid of all the food in the house and when you are hungry, go out and eat. Take a personal holiday at a motel and don’t tell them where you are. Refuse to do any meals, any shopping, any cooking, any laundry, and stay away as much as possible.

These children are adults and your husband and they are taking great advantage of you. Get away for a while if its possible. Sounds cruel, but even go to the extreme of renting a small apartment and let them go hungry and cold this winter. This is criminal neglect and your husband is enabling these dead beats to leech off of you and so is your husband. Its time to take drastic measures in my opinion.

Let them fend for themselves….and tell them. Pack up, move, cut off the money and checks, and credit cards and food and laundry. What they are doing is worse than anything I have ever heard. Please let me know what you decide. I wish I could help you finacially to break free of these grown brats & deadbeat dad and husband. I don’t mean to sound harsh but this is tough love and you know this is sin. When they start running out of food, money to pay utilities, heat, AC, cable, etc and clean clothes, they will see just how much you do.

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ashlyne flores September 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm

i Love This Page!

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Jessica September 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

tru words jack..its called toug love Stepmom.

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Putt September 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

How can you quote 1 Samuel 18:1 in which Jonathan fell in love with David the very first day they met and qualify it to be an example of friendship? Friendship is a relationship that is built overtime, not one that happens instantaneously – Only intimate love relationship carries such an experience.

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Sgtnolisten September 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Are there any other friendship quotes in the Bible? Some of these require previous knowledge of the books they come from, so some of them really escape understanding.

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Jack Wellman October 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hello Sgtnolisten, I don’t know of many more friendship quotes in the Bible but there are many from Christians at this link:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/22-christian-friendship-quotes/

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jes gallana September 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

thanks to you Lord,for giving me another chance to know you more…im so bless to be with you…nothing more,nothing else i could ask for…thanks also to this site, “you made my night and heart comfortable and full of joy as i read most all of the article,..

God bless…

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olivia October 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

i dont know what to do my dog we had him ever since we moved to georgia and yesterday after my dad droped me off at school my dog got hit by a car and died instantly i didnt know till i got home and they already buried him and i miss him so very much and its just to hard to belive that he is gone what sould i do

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Jack Wellman October 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I am sorry for your loss Olivia. I would say that you could always find another dog to love. You could rescue one from the animal shelter that is going to be put to sleep eventually. This is where we find our pets…at the humane society or animal shelter.

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Tracie Johnson October 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hello.
My best friend is struggling with drug addiction. I, too, suffered the same, until I turned my life over to God and started following his path that he wants for me. We have been best friends since I was 15, and I know his heart is good. He is trying hard to stay clean. I was looking for a good passage about friendship and faith for him. Any suggestions? ?.

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Jack Wellman October 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hello Tracie. You must be a good friend indeed to try and help him. God bless you for your compassion. We all need more godly friends like you. As for ones about faith and friendship, 1 Sam chapters 18-20 are excellent. The link below is full of Scriptures on friendship.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/5-amazing-bible-stories-about-friendship/

For his drug addiction, I would urge you to read this article on this link below that is designed especially for addictions to substances at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

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Tracie Johnson October 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thank you for the links and the article on addiction.
I know my friend has seen how turning my life over to God has changed my life. God gave me the strength I needed to overcome my addiction. With his love and power I have been clean 12 years.
I never judge anyone for their past mistakes and drug use. Since I do understand the pain and temptations that lead someone to those choices. I know God would not want me to turn my back on my friend, but instead hold his hand and help bring him back to Christ. Thank you again
Tracie

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Jack Wellman October 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

How awesome Tracie. For such a time and place has God sovereignly put you in His plan and purpose for your friend. Oh that we had more godly men of faith without judgmentalism like you sir. Your friend is truly blessed. By the way, even though I am a pastor (from a disaster) I too was addicted to drugs for such a long time. Who better than a former user and abuser than you to help you friend who understands his battle is not his own, but the battle is the Lord’s.

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Jane O. Tarmad October 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

For me, friendship is open . i mean, I can be your friend or you can be my friend anytime. Because in friendship, there u can determine whether your friends are christians. If not, influence them with the word of God…share God’s words.On the other way around no body is perfect . Oftentimes, true friends are the first ones to correct or remind us with our mistakes…. same during crisis situation, they offer their hand not leaving u hanged. The statement regarding ” Tell me your friends and i will tell who you are” is a case to case basis, depending upon the situation God had given. thanks and God bless us all.

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bella October 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

Hi I have a question. What does Proverbs 18:24 mean. I read the KJV and AMP versions. At first hearing it all my life as a quote I thought it meant to show myself friendly and then I will have friends and then I read the AMP version and it seems a little different in meaning…idk? Help. Is it saying that we must show ourselves friendly but we will be human and mess up and God will always be there (He sticks closer than a brother) or is it saying something else? Help lol

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Sarah October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I just wanted to say that all my life I have hardly had any friends. Only when I was young I had quite a few but they all grew up, got married and moved on. But now in my life I have absolutely no friends. This is due to my medical sickness which is epilepsy. Unfortunately I can’t drive, I don’t drink or smoke or stay up too late and I’m on medication. So I wanted to find some readings in the Bible about people in this world with no friends. What is God’s purpose behind this? Is it part of his plan for our lives?

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Jack Wellman November 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thank you Sarah for your questions. Are you able to attend a church. For there you will find a body of believers that would make the best friends of all. You are also in a position due to your medical sickness to spend more time in prayer which is so essential and few Christians find as much time to do this. Even Jesus was betrayed by His own, abandoned by His own disciples, despised by His own nation, rejected by His own people and yet this was very much a part of God’s plan. There is purpose behind each and every thing that happens on earth. Suffering is part of this plan. Suffering are for:

perfection
direction
reflection
correction
affection, and so on. Romans chapter 8 shows that even suffering makes us more like Christ. Even Paul was often abandoned and left alone in prisons, in beatings, in toutures, in scourging, in afflictions, in missions, in shipwrecks, yet, God plus one is always a majority.

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Ron November 13, 2012 at 2:46 am

josh this is a great website I’ve seen.. more power to you

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Athena December 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

thank you so much for these wonderful quotes! It’s beautiful!

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sammy dablew December 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

i am an 18 year old man and i have some questions about friendship. have recently been involved in arguments about christians being friends with non-christians or noy born again people and i now want to hear your side. is it right for me to have unborn again friends that we hang around together or should i just have born again friends and ignore the rest?

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Jack Wellman December 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hello Sammy. Thanks for visiting us here. I don’t see anything wrong with having friends who are not Christian. We can not isolate ourselves from the world because we need to keep open doors to witness to them about Christ. We can have friends but we can not have friendship with the world. That is, we can be friends with non-Christians but not sin with them. Be with them but separate yourself from them when they do sinful things like drunkeness, drugs, pornography, and I bet you don’t do those things anyway. Be friends with them but if they are running after a sinful lifestyle, you must not run with them. Does this help answer your question Sammy?

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Putt December 19, 2012 at 5:47 am

Sammy. Jesus was hated by the Pharisees because He would sit, eat and drink with the sinners; how do you expect to impart Christ-like values if you separate yourself from ‘sinners’? I think the ‘Church Culture’ has confused persons like you who cares to follow Christ, because you have been taught to see things in Black and White, We vs. Them.
The Bible teaches that two cannot walk UNLESS they agree, so if you are friends with persons who do not attend church OR see salvation in the same light as you do, but you enjoy a good relationship, that means you and them have lots of similarities. It is for you to understand that not being a part of a church does not make a person less saved than those who are church members, because to be saved is simply to believe in Christ, and more importantly to LOVE – remember the parables of the good Samaritan.

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anon January 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I haven’t got any friends, not even one though I deeply desire friendship with another. What am I to do? I’ve only just began praying and asking God for this blessing though He is yet to answer. However a constent theme in my life is rejection. In the past i have often faced rejection from people. I wonder whether it will always be this way.

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Jack Wellman January 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Hello Anon. Let me ask you, do you have a local church that you attend? For devout Christians, forming friendships with those who share their faith can be an important part of Christian living. Whether for general fellowship, prayer support or personal accountability, forging faith-based friendships can prove challenging, especially for those who have recently relocated or moved churches. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to seek out fellow Christians and connect with others who share the same measure of dedication and fervent belief.

Join a weekly fellowship for Christians in your age group. Call local churches and ask about weekly meet ups for high school and college students (known as “youth groups”), singles, married couples or seniors.

Sign up for an outreach program. Ask local pastors for information about volunteering for church ministries, such as jail, convalescent home and hospital outreaches, as many devoted Christians donate time to these causes.

Seek out local chapters of international gender-oriented Christian groups. Look up your local chapter of Aglow International (for Christian women) or Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (for Christian men).

Attend a Christian concert. Check the tour schedule for your favorite gospel or Christian rock soloist or band and buy tickets. Mingle with people in the audience and at the ministry tables during intermission, as many Christian concertgoers tend to be quite open and social.

Talk about your faith. Notice others who tend to use Christian phrases and language and speak up about your beliefs. Create common ground with other Christians and ask them to visit your home church or offer to visit theirs.

If you don’t have a church home, then you are going to have a hard time finding Christian friends. The proverbs say to find a friend, become one or as it says, “a man (or woman) must show themselves to be friendly.”

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belange January 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

dear,

thank you

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belange malobo January 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

M Y favourite bible story is Jesus and peter’s story

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belange malobo January 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

Hello Anon. Let me ask you, do you have a local church that you attend? For devout Christians, forming friendships with those who share their faith can be an important part of Christian living. Whether for general fellowship, prayer support or personal accountability, forging faith-based friendships can prove challenging, especially for those who have recently relocated or moved churches. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to seek out fellow Christians and connect with others who share the same measure of dedication and fervent belief.

Join a weekly fellowship for Christians in your age group. Call local churches and ask about weekly meet ups for high school and college students (known as “youth groups”), singles, married couples or seniors.

Sign up for an outreach program. Ask local pastors for information about volunteering for church ministries, such as jail, convalescent home and hospital outreaches, as many devoted Christians donate time to these causes.

Seek out local chapters of international gender-oriented Christian groups. Look up your local chapter of Aglow International (for Christian women) or Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (for Christian men).

Attend a Christian concert. Check the tour schedule for your favorite gospel or Christian rock soloist or band and buy tickets. Mingle with people in the audience and at the ministry tables during intermission, as many Christian concertgoers tend to be quite open and social.

Talk about your faith. Notice others who tend to use Christian phrases and language and speak up about your beliefs. Create common ground with other Christians and ask them to visit your home church or offer to visit theirs.

If you don’t have a church home, then you are going to have a hard time finding Christian friends. The proverbs say to find a friend, become one or as it says, “a man (or woman) must show themselves to be friendly.”

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-friendship-20-good-scripture-quotes/#ixzz2IonuUA2c

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Delilah January 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Really beautiful verses. I’m a former atheist trying to find God. It’s strange, I’ve always prided myself on my intellect but something has always felt fundamentally illogical about assuming a world without a Divine hand. I’ve literally made myself sick with worrying contemplation about man’s place in the Universe and the absurdity of existance; whether consciousness preceeds the mind and if death marks the end of being… but something has always pulled me towards that dusty Bible on the bottom of my bookshelf. I’m assuming that would be God calling out to me, asking me to stop with this existential crisis nonsense and come to Him. I’m trying. Thank you again for these verses.

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Jack Wellman January 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thank you Delilah. I am so pleased that you came here. As a former atheist and hostile one at that, God had to break me, reduce me to nothing, bring me to my knees because God resists the proud (like I was) but gives grace to the humble. If we can help you in any way, please let us know.

It is so interesting that you said that you want to come to Him. That is a link we have that says exactly what you are saying: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

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jholea January 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

thanks !!!! God bless!

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Shelby February 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thank you for the quotes I hope to show my friends that god is out their to love us and not hate us because god will love us no matter what but the ones that don’t believe will suffer as the ins who believe will be wise

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HELEN February 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

PLEASE CAN PRINT OUT SOME OF THESE ISSUES TO ENCOURAGE BELIEVERS IN MY LOCAL CHURCH AND ITS ENVIRONS? IT HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO ME AND I WANT OTHERS TO PARTAKE OF IT.

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Terri February 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Thank you for this. I am doing a short devotional for my daughter and her friends about friendship. This was just what I needed to get me on the right track. I enjoy this site so much and have used it as a reference many times. Thank you for being a blessing to me.

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Linda February 24, 2013 at 5:45 am

Hi my name is Linda I have story tell you I was nice to my frien when I was 13 years old after I got saved age 16 few years later my dad was passed away I was mean to my friend. I was mean to everyone I make him hurt even more because I want say to say right thing he was hurt and cry and he want to know Why I was mean . Because my dad died . My friend was hurt Was hurt . Then he went other state for awhile and he came back he start being mean to me . I just start relationship with God he was smart mouth to me every time I cry and hurt why he take revenge against me ? And he want solve it like 2 time. I told him I can’t change the past. I change since 3 year and he say he want earn my trust again . Tell me what u think ?

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Jack Wellman February 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Hello Linda, thank you for your question. If this man is not a believer in Christ, then you are not to have any relationship with him. You must forgive him regardless. If he is being mean to you and then asks for forgiveness, he is not trustworthy yet. I would give it some time. You don’t want someone who is being mean to you now only to get worse again, then he says he’s sorry, then does it again. The man doesn’t sound very stable and if he is not a Christ follower, your future with him should just be no more than friends.

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Renee March 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

I really need prayer!!!

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patrick March 8, 2013 at 5:46 am

not sure if i get your ‘bad examples of friendship’? im guessing it’s a typo…good article anyway

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Pamela Rose Williams March 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hello Patrick, not sure I understand your comment. Where in this article is ‘bad examples of friendship’ ?

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Balogun Adebayo Johnson March 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

As God puts it into your mind to establish this soul saving platform, His grace will never elude you in Jesus name.

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hilano March 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

i loved this article about what bible tells or commands all of us about our friendship and i really liked it and also all of the other articles…..

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ELIZABETH March 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

GOD BLESS THIS SITE

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Katie May 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

I am just 19 years old… I’ve been praying for my future husband for almost 10 years. I know how important is to ask God about his will. I met a guy 2 years ago but I didn’t talk to him since last year in a VBS. He is a good boy and he has most all the things I’ve been praying for a husband. But I am afraid to not follow what God wants for me… I am confused! need a little advise

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Jack Wellman May 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hi Katie. I am overjoyed that you are taking this seriously. In fact, a lot of single adults are confused over what do to and how to know God’s will in their life for a soul mate. We have written an article that may give you more help and if not, please comment on this link or let us know by commenting again on this article and may God richly bless your seeking a godly man as a husband.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/true-love-how-do-you-know-when-you-find-it/

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Katie May 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thank you Jack I enjoyed reading this article… It remains me to keep praying for what God wants in my life and also for a godly man. This is my desired to honor God in all the acts I make and decisions I take. I have more things to learn about life and about God… in my single years at college I want to open my hears to heard God’s voice to me. This is such a wonderful dream that every single girl have “to get married” but it is the most important decision in life. I will be also praying for your ministry and this site… what a wonderful blessing it is.

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Shenell Knight July 17, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hello Jack, I have a friend that eight now we are not Im not talking to cause I feel like she stabbed me in thw back. At my church we do small groups and every year we will host one together, however this time around she didnt want to so my thoughts was we look for one together but that wasnt the case, she proceeded to look for one and find one. I really dont know how to handle it. I tried to let her know how she made me feel but that made things worse. Can you PLEASE HELP me…

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Jack Wellman July 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hello Shenell. Let me say that if you have already let her know then there is little you can do about it. Jesus said “forgive them Father for they know not what they are doing.” on the cross and so we must sometimes have many hurts and trials. Remember that your friend will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account…not for her salvation but for the way she treated you. Trust God…God will either convict her by the Holy Spirit or she will give an account someday.

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Theresa July 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Please pray for me and my three daughters.. Separated since January, trying to just make ends meet.. Its been so difficult and a struggle, though I find myself not knowing how I am going to pay rent, I still smile for I know I am not alone. I am blessed and so thankful my 3 girls are healthy and precious. Pray warriors please pray for my strength and for my faith not to falter and to Keep my eyes focused on the Father.. I know if I do these things everything will work out one way or another.. Thank you in advance..

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Jack Wellman July 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thank you for your comment Theresa. Have you spoken with your pastor about this? Do you have a local church? Or are you trying to do this without the Body of Christ, the church? Are you a single mother? You have the hardest job in all the world if you are. Many churches, like ours, have Benevolent Committees that can help with funds for just your situation. Do you have a church home?

You are also doing what you are likely doing already and that is falling on your hands and knees and crying out to God and I will join with you and pray other prayer warriors on this website (and we have MANY) will join with you in your desperate need at this time….but you also need the Body of Christ to come to you to help you in prayer and pastoral counseling.

Take heart for God truly loves you and wants to save you and your children. Consider what He thinks about YOU!

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Theresa July 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

Mr Wellman,

Thanks for your response and concern for my daughters and I. Yes I do have a church family, and I know they pray for me. I whole heartedly believe God sees my issues and struggles and I have faith that everything will be okay, just not in my time, in His time. I need to be patient and still. Thank you once again for your prayers it means more to me than anything in this world.

Sincerely and grateful,
Theresa

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Jack Wellman July 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Wow Theresa. You are already doing just exactly what you should be doing. I see that your faith in God is strong. For timing, yes, you are right…it is in God’s time. Perhaps the Psalms will help give you comfort, particularly Psalm 37 which is all about waiting, trusting in, resting in, relying on, God….

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Theresa July 24, 2013 at 8:23 am

Thank you for your encouraging words.. And thank you for leading me to the Scripture that I need to be reading. God bless you sir, and once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely,
Theresa :)

Jessica July 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi Jack. Continue to let The Lord use you to encourage people. I’m 8 weeks pregnant. This will be my husband and I first child. Please pray for us that I will have a healthy pregnancy and that we wi raise this child in the fear of The Lord.

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Jack Wellman July 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Amen Jessica. I love what you finished your comment with…that you want to raise your child in the fear of the Lord. Well said. May God richly bless you and nourish you and the baby in this pregnancy my friend and thank you for your comment.

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Jessica July 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Jack. God Bless you and your family.

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rosalenewhitaker August 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I would like to be included in learning about friendships in the
bible.

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rosalenewhitaker August 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I really enjoyed reading about friendships.

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Rue September 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

Hie
i need your advice. i wronged my friend before i found Christ and now i am born again and want to confess to my friend but i am scared my confession might destroy her family what should i do?

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Jack Wellman September 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

Rue, what things we do before conversion is not held against us after conversion. Once we confess our sins they are gone forever. How many times does the Bible say that ultimately our sins are against God although we sin against our fellow man, it is first and foremost against God, therefore don’t drag out the old things that happened before conversion…move on, God forgives all of our sins and forgive yourself. It is not worth destroying her family for something you did before you were even saved.

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Rue September 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

Thank you sooo much jack, i love my friend soo much and i do not want to lose her neither do i want anything bad to happen to her family. i pray that God shower her family with blessings. and i want to thank the Lord for you, continue to allow God to use you. i love to read your teachings and they are helping me a lot. each day i learn a lot and i pray that the Lord continue to guide you and reveal himself to you.Godbless you

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Jack Wellman September 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

Wow…what an encouragement you are Rue. I thank God for you and do pray that He hears and answers your prayer for God’s blessing on them and for you as well.

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Stacey November 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Hi Jack,
You have helped many people on this web site.I hope you can help me too. My boyfriend has depression. I love and care for him very much. I want to be a good friend and be there for him but it is very hard knowing how to handle certain situations that go a along with depression. To top it off we both have one child each. Don’t get me wrong he is a very loving man just sometimes he gets very negative. Fyi, I’m a newer Christian still trying to learn how to live my life through God.

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Jack Wellman November 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hello Stacey and thank you so much for your gracious words my friend. We have a practical, biblical article that gives application steps for Christians with depression at this link:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-depression-help-biblical-encouragement-and-advice/

Please check it out and read more about what your friend might be going thru to see if this can help him. I am glad you want to help him and this is going to take counseling, prayer, and things that he can do to further investigate the source of his depression and so let me know what you think and I will pray for him as well.

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Stacey November 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

Hi jack,
Thank you for writing back. I will look at the web site and get back to you. Thank you also for praying for my boyfriend .

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