There is a sweet camaraderie in the presence of friends. As I write this, I’m on the end of a mini-vacation visiting a friend who moved 1100 miles (1770 km) from my home town. As I planned for my trip, thoughts stirred about friendship.

I reflected on what makes a good friend and looked at what others had to say. Please enjoy this selection of quotes that exude insight and wisdom on the topic.

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself …” – C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – King Solomon, (Proverbs 18:24, NKJV)

Dear Reader, do you treasure the relationships of good friends? Most important do you know and have a relationship with the friend King Solomon speaks of? The lyrics of the hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus still hold true. If you’re unfamiliar with that classic enjoy the rendition below. Learning the story behind the inspiration provides extra richness and the link below does just that.

Click here to enjoy the story behind the hymn lyrics.

Almighty Father, thank you for providing a wonderful friend in Jesus. Transform my heart to be such a friend to others. Help me to love like Jesus loved. Amen.

Classic hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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16 thoughts on “Friendship

  1. What a beautiful post with wise quotes on friendship Manette. I am blessed to have friends from my high school days, in fact one of them from primary school. Even though many miles separate us we remain close via social media. I know they are true friends because they speak of every subject with me, even on our Lord and Eternal matters. Thank you for your encouragement sister, may our Father God bless you richly today, Amen. 🙏

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  2. Thank you Manette. It is true that friendships should be treasured. So many come and go in a lifetime. Agape love is the glue, so to speak, that binds a friendship. Sometimes the most seemingly popular person in a room needs a true friend. I find that I’m reaching out more as I get older and experience loneliness from time to time. I want to truly cherish those who befriend me, and I want to be a blessing to whomever God puts in my life. Thanks for sharing your time with a friend. It was quite meaningful.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Lena. I was thrilled to learn the story behind the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” I didn’t know it. Now the hymn will become a greater blessing when I hear it or sing it. Thank you for reading and sharing. Yehovah bless you.

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  3. That was my mothers favorite song Manette. I only have a few close friends. It makes me wonder how much of a friend am I to others. I’m not sure one can evaluate that position properly. Knowing Jesus makes me realize how much depth there is to true friendship.

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    1. Awe, your mother had a great selection. 😃
      I’m in the same position as you regarding friends, Gary. I remember learning somewhere people can only maintain 3-4 “close” friends. We wouldn’t have the time or energy for more than that. I also heard a teaching looking at Jesus’ relationships as a model. Jesus had His closest three (Peter, James, and John). Then His twelve disciples, next His 70 (in Luke 10), and then the larger crowds that followed Him. With each progressively larger group there is a different level of friendship rather like an acquaintance at the most outer ring.

      We can each yield allowing the spirit to minister through us and emulate Jesus more in our lives. Leaving the rest to His divine work. Thanks for reading and sharing. Yehovah bless you.

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  4. A wonderful collection of quotes Manette and a beautiful rendition of What a Friend We have in Jesus! For me, Lewis’ quote resonated the most. I hope you and your friend had a lovely time reconnecting.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. We did enjoy the time and like most good things the time felt short and quick. I think most of us have had those moments Lewis described, and when I do there is an instantaneous connection with the person.

      Thanks for sharing an encouraging word. Jehovah bless you.

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