Friendships are very important to me. And I trust they are very important to many of you also. This brings up a question that I’d like to hear everyone weigh-in on.
What are the characteristics of a true friend?
The New Testament talks about friends and friendships, and it’s mostly positive. Albeit, friendships can be unhealthy and compete with the Lord and His interests. But that’s not our purpose here. We’re looking at friendships in a positive light, as the New Testament mostly does.
John the Baptist is called “the friend of the Bridegroom [Jesus].”
Jesus called His disciples His friends.
Lazarus is called Jesus’ friend.
Abraham was the friend of God.
John in his third epistle greets his friends.
Paul went to his friends to refresh himself on his way to Rome.
So what characterizes a true friend?
Please be specific. As in . . . “a true friend will do such and such in such and such situations or will not do such and such in such and such situations.”
There are about four or five characteristics that quickly come to my mind when I think about true friendship, but I’d like to hear yours first.