Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Qualities of a Good Friendship

A good friendship is essential to any relationship. Someday, you should marry your best friend. Let's look at some of the characteristics of a good friendship.

1. A friend is kind

No one wants to be friends with someone who isn't kind.

2. A friend is faithful

Do you stick with your friends, even when it's hard?

3. A friend makes you a better person

Do you make those around you better?

4. A friend is knit to your heart

Just like Jonathan and David, true friends know each other's hearts and feelings.

5. A friend can share friends

Jesus referred to Lazarus as "Our friend."

6. A friend expresses love

It isn't about saying "I love you", it's about living it.

7. A friend is willing to wound

Tough love is sometimes necessary to prevent them from getting hurt.

8. A friend strengthens others in God

Do you point others to God, or pull them away from Him?

9. A friend is willing to be second

Your relationship with God should always be first, and a friend should not prevent that.

10. A friend rejoices in blessings

Don't be jealous, be happy for them

11. A friend praises his friends

Don't seek to get glory for yourself. Praise your friends, and they will praise you.

12. A friend doesn't overstay his welcome

Too much of a good thing, no matter how good, is still too much.

13. A friend gives biblical counsel

You don't know everything. Use the best tool you have to help.

14. A friend is sensitive

Know what your friends are dealing with in their lives and act accordingly.

15. A friend sharpens

Influence those around you to stand up for what is right.

16. A friend helps through trials

Be there for your friends when they're going through a tough time.

Try to put these principles into practice in your friendships, they'll work wonders.


(Points are from "Just Friends" by Cary Schmidt and Mike Ray)

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