(Counting down the most read posts of the year.)
True friendship is rare. If you ever get in a bind, have a major failure, or somehow lose your way, you realize how rare true friendship is these days.
To me, the difference in a true friend and one who calls themselves a friend, but is really an acquaintance is fairly easily identified.
Here are 5 characteristics of true friendship:
Unconditional love - Regardless of what you do, what happens, or where life takes you, a true friend loves at all times.
Unwavering support – You don’t have to do the “right things” to keep a true friend. They support you (if not in actions as a person) whatever you choose to do.
Willingness to challenge – A true friendship makes you better. The Bible says “iron sharpens iron”. True friends will correct you if needed.
Consistent over time – True friendships aren’t for a season. They are for a lifetime.
Gives grace freely and generously – True friendship weather the sometime difficulties of relationships, forgive where needed, and love even when it hurts.
Do you have a true friendship? Pay tribute to them here.
More importantly, are you a true friend?
What makes a true friend in your opinion?