They Don’t Compete
This is one of the most important quality that I look for in the friendships that surround me. You want friends in your life who will stand on the sidelines cheering for you, even if they are not in the race themselves. You don’t need someone in your life who is always trying to “one up” you.
They Are Loyal Behind Your Back
Gossip is not great, but it is inevitable. You want friends who will stand up for you, or shut the gossip down before it starts. Anyone can be loyal to your face, but it takes a true friend to be loyal behind your back.
They Are Honest
We all get ahead of ourselves at times. You need a friend who can be honest with you and bring you back down to earth when you are not acting like your normal self. Many people may try to “call you out” or become frustrated and resent you. However, a true friend will confront problems with maturity, unconditional love, and support.
They Are Empathetic
There is a difference between standing outside of the drinking well, telling the person at the bottom that you know what they are going through… and actually climbing in the drinking well with them to go through those things together. Some of the darkest moments in my life became the most eye-opening. I knew who was there for me, because they were empathetic and not sympathetic.
They Make Time
Every relationship needs quality time to build a stronger bond and stay connected. Whether it is 2 hours a week just grabbing dinner together, or taking 10 minutes out of your day to make a phone call… effort is critical. Relationships will not grow if they are not tended to.
They Pray For You
Having friends who will pray for you and pray with you is amazing. You want a friend who listens to your struggles and triumphs, and helps you take those things to the Lord. The power of prayer can move mountains. A friend who truly believes this will change your life.
“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” Proverbs 27:9
Take some time to evaluate the friendships in you life… do they refresh your