Lessons from the Bible: How to Be a Friend

Lessons from the Bible: How to Be a Friend

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus.
“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”

Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”

The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”

“You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”

But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”

Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’”

And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor
toward the man attacked by the robbers?”

The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”

Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”

Luke 10:25-37, Good News Translation (GNT)

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another.

John 15:11-17, Good News Translation (GNT)


Personal Greetings

I recommend to you our sister Phoebe, who serves the church at Cenchreae. Receive her in the Lord’s name, as God’s people should, and give her any help she may need from you; for she herself has been a good friend to many people and also to me.

Romans 16:1-2, Good News Translation (GNT)


Reflection Questions:

What qualities do I look for in a friend?
What are the things that I can trust a friend with?
What role does a friend play in my life?
How much do I value a friend’s advice?
How much help am I willing to extend to a friend?

Prayer:

Dear Lord, I come before You today, and lift my heart up to You. I ask that You cleanse my heart, fill it with compassion and understanding, and give it a thirst for those who are in need. Heavenly Father, please teach me what it means to be a true friend. I am excited to learn from You and draw inspiration from Your selfless and loving acts of mercy towards all people. Thank You for hearing my prayer.

Amen.

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