The Marks of Biblical Friendship (Holmes)

The Reformed Reader

company-color-big-300-jpg.jpeg  What does the Bible teach about true friendship?  It does teach that a friend loves at all times (Prov. 17:17), but it teaches more than that!  Here’s a nice, brief summary of this topic by Jonathan Holmes: What are the marks of a biblical friendship?  Here’s what Holmes says based on several Proverbs (I’ve edited this list for length):

1) Constancy.  …Proverbs portrays truly biblical friendship as something constant and abiding.  Proverbs 18:24 states, ‘But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’  In an ancient Near East culture, where family was everything, such a statement would have been provocative, to say the least.  A friend can be closer to you than a biological brother?  The wisdom of the Proverbs answers with a resounding Yes!  In Proverbs 19:7, moreover, we are told that a poor man’s brothers will hate him, pointing out that biological connection…

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