This is sort of like a sequel to my other post, “Being a Good Brother.” The reason for it is I believe that being a good brother is being a good friend. There is no greater friendship than between brothers (and sisters but I am focusing on brothers because I have a brother.)
First off in Proverbs 27:6 it says “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” What this means is that a true friend will use constructive criticism and it will help you. But if your “friend” always lies about you or talks trash about you constantly, he/she isn’t really a friend, they’re your enemy.
John 15:13 says “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” The significance of this single verse is so great that words cannot describe it. First off it is a foreshadowing of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ but it is also telling us that the greatest kind of love is to sacrifice yourself so that your friends may live. It doesn’t have to necessarily be literally laying down your life but giving your friend something that they desperately need. A true friend will do anything for their friends, and a true brother will always do everything for their brothers.
Lastly, Proverbs 18:24 says “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” It basically says that your “friends” won’t help you when you need them, but your friends, your true friends, will stick with you to the end and never leave you, just like your brother will.
So as you can see, a brother is a friend, and he will learn how to be a friend as he becomes a good brother.