What are the marks of a true friend? Do you have them? Let’s take a look at five steps you can take to becoming one.
A good friend is …
- Forgetful—God has forgiven our sin and will remember it no more, and we are to do the same with our friends.
- Loyal—… and truehearted, and steady as a rock. During adversity a real friend is present, praying, caring, helping, calling, crying, providing whatever is needed.
- Not shallow—Real friends pray together and for one another. They share spiritual truths and encourage each other’s spiritual growth.
- Someone you can trust—… to protect confidences. Keep this Spanish proverb in mind: “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”
- An adviser—… who braces, steadies, and sharpens her friends, pulling them up—up toward God, up in godliness, up in character, up in ministry and service to others.
And as Proverbs 17:17 sums it up, “A friend loves at all times.”
Drawn from Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George. Don’t guess about the next step and hope for the best. Get a clear view of the right path as you follow God’s wisdom. In this book, Elizabeth takes you on a journey through the 31 chapters of Proverbs, which cover the matters closest to your heart, including friendship!