A friend (Randal Langley), sent this to me today. I thought it was great stuff and wanted to share it with you too! -GW
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.
5 characteristics of a true friend:
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.
What about you? Do you have “true friends”? Are you a “true friend” to anyone?