Here are some verses about FRIENDSHIP that I took note of in the last week of 2018 as I read the book of Proverbs. I believe they fit quite well in this series of intentionality:
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
Be intentional about what goes on in the gatherings of your relationships
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
Be intentional about forgiveness in your relationships
Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
Be intentional about the stories you tell and listen to in your relationships
An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.
Be intentional about peace and reconciliation in your relationships
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Be intentional about love and devotion in your relationships
Do not be fooled: “Bad friends will ruin good habits.
1 Corinthians 15:33
I know this is not a verse from the book of Proverbs, but I have intentionally shared it to remind us to remain intentional with the company we keep.