Friendships are God’s welcoming gift of thoughtfulness. The bond of true friendship will not require apologies and the importance of friendships throughout your life is simply understated. It has been said that friends are God’s apologies for your family. I find that quite amusing since we choose our friends but not our families.
Good friends stand by your side when you need someone to lean on. Close friends will hand you the kleenex when the tears are flowing. Special friends stay with you for a lifetime.
Building those special bonds takes years and while friendships are the gifts we rely on, we need to choose our friends wisely. Who you are and who you can become will be influenced by the friends we keep.
“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” —Proverbs 17:17
Loyal friendships require trust and trust is only attained over time. Pick a friend and find a reflection of yourself.
Build upon the idea that to have a friend, you must be one. Don’t take for granted the friendships you have for one day, they will be gone. Only in this lifetime, we lose what is important to us. Cherish the memories you’ve been given for the time you spend together whether good or bad, are shared in common.
Be sensitive to another’s feelings, share your honesty, and become a grateful friend. Listen without giving advice, hug with unending compassion, and speak the truth in love. Forever spoken words of encouragement will penetrate the soul of friendship.
Fear stands in our way from accomplishing what is truly important. With eyes wide opened, we must not give up on our friends. Nothing can accomplish anything greater than the strong bond of faithful relationships. Maintaining those special friendships require an honest awareness of open communication and growth.
While we may not always agree on things, we still honor their voices. Truth spoken in friendship can build or knock down walls. Lift up another in need and become a trusted friend. Only time can give that to you.
- Rebecca Bent: How To Fix A Friendship… And Why It’s Worth It! (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Importance of Friendships (everydayhealth.com)
- The First Way To Make The Friendship Habit Stick (psychologytoday.com)