A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17
Friends hold a special place in our hearts, not just because of the good times we share but also for the bonds that are formed when we go through pain and adversity holding each other up. There are people in your life whom you count as great friends. They may be young or old, close or distant. Whoever they are and wherever they are, these words are for you to encourage them. Use these words to thank them for their love and generosity and uplift them when they need it most.
The scriptures, words of affirmation, and quotes below are for the friends in your life. We hope you will use these to remind your friends of your love and commitment to their well-being. You can share them via text, emails, or hand-written notes. Everyone needs authentic friends who have their best interests at heart. Be that friend.
25 Affirmations and Words of Encouragement for your dearest friend:
1. You are a blessing in my life.
2. You’re a true friend, and I’m grateful for you.
3. I feel safe, loved and understood. Thank you!
4. God knew I’d need a true friend at this time, so He sent me you.
5. I’m praying for you, friend.
6. There’s much more ahead of you. You’ll get through this.
7. You’re always so supportive. I’m glad to be there for you, too.
8. You’re such a light everywhere you go!
9. Everyone needs a friend like you.
10. You make me look good!
11. You have a heart of gold.
12. I knew you’d know how to cheer me up. You’re amazing!
13. God’s plans for you are magnificent.
14. Be strong and courageous. You can do this!
15. I know this is hard to hear, but I love you and share this truth in love.
16. You always speak the truth in love, thank you.
17. I love how you hold me accountable.
18. Your dedication makes me want to do better.
19. Don’t give up on your dreams!
20. I admire your cheerfulness and warmth.
21. You are not your mistakes.
22. You’re such a fighter. I love that you never give up.
23. Your friendship gives me joy.
24. I’ll never take you for granted.
25. Thank you for being a loving friend to me.
Quotes to Inspire Friends
“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” – Thomas A. Edi
“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Unknown
“I thank God for the way He made you; distinct, special and unique. You were not made from a common mold.” – Erwin Lutzer
“The more we nurture our friendships, the greater the happiness that comes our way.” – Unknown
“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” – Unknown
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." – George MacDonald
"It is one of the severest tests of friendship: to tell your friend his faults. So, to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship." – Henry Ward Beecher
“Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends." – Cindy Lew
“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.” – Swedish proverb
Inspiring Scripture for Teachers
Proverbs 27:6 - Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
Luke 5:20 - When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
Proverbs 18:24 - One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Isaiah 43:2 - When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Proverbs 27:9 - The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
3 John 1:2 - Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
3 John 1:11 - Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.
Philippians 1:3 - Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
John 15:13 - There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Ephesians 4:32 - Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
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Remi Roy lives, writes, and enjoys being in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Nigeria, she is passionate about her purpose which is following God every step of the way no matter the details. She is a contented wife, communications consultant, and writing coach. She is the author of two books Ms. Unlikely and From the Sidelines and editor of Purpose Anthologies, a collection of personal life journeys. When she’s not working with clients, she spends time working on her next book and trying hard to be a morning person. You can find her at remiroyonline.com. Or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This article is part of our Words of Encouragement series. It is our prayer that these words will bring you blessings while you use the affirmations, quotes, and Bible verses to inspire others to live their life fully alive!
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