Friendship: What Makes a True Friend? (Repost)

(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?

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2 thoughts on “Friendship: What Makes a True Friend? (Repost)

  1. I just received a bad news today. Yes, on christmas eve (in my timezone). But I praise the Lord for this one true friend He has given me. One of a kind. She’s cheering me up in this kind of painful experience. Truly, the best Christmas gift for me. :)