What makes a good friend?

A good friend is someone who is genuinely interested in you and what’s happening in your life.  Someone who really listens to what you have to say.  They have time for you.  You can relax in the company of a good friend because you know they fully accept you as you are. 

 

Between good friends, there is a mutual trust and respect.  This makes us willing to be very open and vulnerable with one another.  Our true friends often understand what’s going on deep inside us.  They can sense when we’re upset and know what to say to calm us down.  Sometimes, a lot of words aren’t needed—good friends can comfort one another just by hanging out.

 

A good friend is very loyal, walking with us during the ups and downs of our journey.  They never stop loving us, even when we’re grumpy. 

 

We can forge a new friendship quickly, but there’s something very special about long-term friendships.  When we walk many miles together and store up memories, there is a deep connection. 

 

A good friend is hard to find.

 

It’s interesting that all the qualities I have described apply equally to our human friends, and to Jesus, who said to his close friends, “I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate and cherished friends…”

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