Over the years, I have been taken on different journeys when it comes to friendships. I have realized who were never my friends, who were temporary friends, and what really defines a true friend.
I was able to start understanding what defines a true friend when I became friends with Jesus. I grew up in church, always believed in God and grew up knowing Jesus died on the cross for my sins. But it wasn't until I welcomed Jesus intimately into my life that I saw how He was the friend I always wanted, and most importantly, needed.
I believe I have become a better friend because of what Jesus has taught me, and it has also made me realize certain friendships that I need to distant myself from and/or give up.
There are 5 main characteristics of true friends that the Word has helped me identify.
It is something that has helped me be able to screen myself on if I am being a true friend and also screen those who claim to be my friends.
1] True Friends are Futuristic. Your friends should not be scared of your success, or are okay with your success as long as you don't become more successful than them. True friends are always thinking about your destiny and cheering you on. They are not going to hold you back but instead, help you achieve your goals. I know I have come across so many "friends" that would become envious, jealous or just evil if they thought I was more successful that them. It is not a competition.
Proverbs 18:24, Proverbs 27:6
2] True Friends are Faithful. Your friends will go on your journey with you, no matter what type of things may come up. They remain true and honest when others may not.
3] A Circle of Friends are Forgiving. We have all battled with forgiveness... it's easier said than done. But your true friends? They will forgive you and move forward with you. They always look for the best in you, just as Jesus looks at the best in us. After all, He is our prime example of what forgiveness looks like!
4] A Circle of Friends are Fireproof. They will go through tribulations with you. They will stick with you. We all go through hard times, and sometimes there are people that only want to be there if things are going great. Those are not true friends. True friends will be by your side when you are at your lowest and be there to help you get back up.
5] A Circle of Friends are FRUITFUL! True friends cause your to grow. They don't hold you back or assist you in staying in the same place. We are all meant to grow together, not get stuck in the weeds. & that's what true friends are there for- to help you grow and help you become better. To help you be more fruitful than the day before, the week before and the year before!
Do you have friends that you considered true that may not be meeting all of these qualifications?
I know I did. You deserve the best-- and that includes having the best people in your life.
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