|Thirteen Traits Of A True Friend
1… Honesty. A true friend will tell you the truth no matter what and you should be able to tell them your opinion or view without persecution or rejection. Having someone who will give you an honest answer is priceless. (Prov. 27:6)
2… Dependability. The people who truly value their friendship with you will keep their word. If you cannot count on someone, or if they cannot count on you, the friendship will not last.
3… Respect. Mutual respect is a large part of a good friendship. If someone is not respected, their opinions and feelings will be discounted and overlooked.
4… Optimistic. Looks at the world and life with a positive spin, doesn’t always focus on the negative. Optimistic people are much more fun to be around, they tend to be encouragers. Those focused on what’s wrong with their life, their spouse, their job… can be exhausting.
5… Fruitful. Galatians 5:22-23. You should strive to have all these qualities in your relationships. A good tree bears good fruit.
6… Listener. If you spend the majority of the time talking or if you have a friend that monopolizes the conversation, the relationship will not work. We need to take time to listen and we need friends to take time to listen to us. (James 1:19) A listening heart attracts many friends.
7… A true friend will love and are helpful at all times. (Prov. 17:17)
8… No one understands a good heart-to-heart talk or a good laugh like your girlfriends.
9… A Gift. Friendship is a gift we never want to take for granted. Be the girl who rescues others. Be a lifeline and don’t ever give up on anyone.
10… Be Friendly. Grab each opportunity to build new relationships by doing the small things to make it happen. Make the first effort by showing yourself friendly. (Prov. 18:24)
11… Focus on Others. People want to talk about things that matter to them. If you spend 4 hours talking about your bad day, don’t be surprised if they start avoiding you. Find out what they like, what you have in common.
12… Do kind things without looking for credit. The simple principle of sowing and reaping works in friendships too. (Gal. 6:7)
13… Be a good friend to yourself. You will be a better friend to others when you learn to like yourself and treat yourself right.
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