The more we love, the better we are, and the greater our friendships are, the dearer we are to God.” – Jeremy Taylor
A real friend will possess these qualities and even more which can be important for you. If you also give these qualities to your friend there is no chance that your friendship will ever break. These qualities are important for a lifetime friendship and that is what we all expect about real friendship.
Out of the furnaces of war come many true stories of sacrificial friendship. Two friends in World War 1 were inseparable. They had enlisted together, trained together, and fought side-by-side in the trenches. During an attack, one of the men was critically wounded in a field filled with barbed wire obstacles, he was unable to crawl back to his foxhole. The entire area was under enemy crossfire, and it was suicidal to try to reach him. Yet his friend decided to try. Before he could get out of his own trench, his sergeant yanked him back inside and ordered him not to go. “It’s too late. You can’t do him any good, and you’ll only get yourself killed.” A few minutes later, the officer turned his back, and instantly the man was gone after his friend. A few minutes later, he staggered back, mortally wounded, with his friend, now dead, in his arms. The sergeant was both angry and deeply moved. “What a waste,” he blurted out. “He’s dead and you’re dying. It just wasn’t worth it.” With almost his last breath, the dying man replied, “Oh yes, it was, Sarge. When I got to him, the only thing he said was, ‘I knew you’d come, Jim!
A true friend is;
5) PATIENT: There are circumstances where your friend’s patience is necessary. It’s possible you complain about issues you can’t share with someone else. Patience is an important quality a true friend needs to help you through with, in times like this.
6) FORGIVES: Forgiveness is an important quality of a true friend. It is necessary when some problems arise between you and your friend. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes they say things they don’t mean. Forgiveness is important for maintaining your friendship and nobody will lose his or her best friend for a misunderstanding or a small conflict.
7) ENCOURAGES: There are always periods in your life when you feel down or maybe a little bit depressed. A good friend will encourage you, into feeling better.
8) CARING: A real friend will always care for you, in good and bad situations. If you are sick he/she will try to visit you as much as possible. He or she will always care for you no matter which problem you have and will give you the necessary support to reach certain goals.
Beloved, if you have friends that possess qualities such as this, you have to cherish them. Praise the Lord for your friends and let them know you appreciate their friendship.