Those whose commitment from the heart is shown in practical, often sacrificial, care, love and service. They are a source of encouragement, sympathy, comfort and support in time of need. Such relationships are to be cultivated, especially among believers.
Human beings were created to be social creatures, meaning that we are most comfortable when we have family, friends and acquaintances. Friendship is an important element in a fulfilled, contented life, and those who have close friends, whether one or two or a multitude, will usually be happy and well-adjusted. At the same time, those who call themselves our friends may cause us grief and hardship, constantly disappointing us.
One of the most stunning aspects of friendship is unity in the Master Jesus and worshiping together. As David declares, nothing is sweeter than the fellowship of a friend. It is pleasing to the soul. It creates a sense of awe.
- Psalm 55:13–14—But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend; We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.
- Psalm 133:1— 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
- Acts 2:42–43—They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.
- Acts 2:46–47—Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Master was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.