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Three qualities you would look for in a friend

Sometimes, it can be difficult to peg down the good characteristics of a best friend. Friendship isn't always easy and sometimes the best thing one friend can do for another is an unpopular decision. Other times, a good friend seems to be anyone who is fun. While friendship might not be simple, there are a few traits of a good friend that every teen should keep in mind. Whether it is your secret crush or a problem you have at school or home, everyone has secrets. You need to be able to trust that your secrets are going to stay just that: secrets.

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Characteristics of a Good Friend

Edit Your Post. Published by Jehava Brown on January 17, As many of you know, I am very passionate about friendship. So much of the Bible focuses on making relationships, connecting with each other, carrying each others burdens, dealing with conflict, and truly loving each other.

We all desire to have strong, meaningful relationships, and there are certain qualities you can look for to help you gain a strong, meaningful friendship with others. That is just unrealistic.

There are stages in life where one friend might be more of the initiator in conversation and getting together. However, you should still not feel like you are the ONLY one reaching out. In the past, I had a few friendships and realized I was the only one putting in effort to grow the relationship.

I even had a friendship in my life actually end that way. It was heartbreaking. I decided not to reach out, and see if they would still make an effort at the friendship. I never heard from that person again. It was really sad, but when I looked back everything about that friendship was completely 1-sided.

I had to realize I allowed them to treat me that way constantly…so why did I think anything would be different when I needed them?

Having a 2-Way friendship also pertains to being open and honest about your life. I currently know someone like this. When she asks me how I am, she wants me to share every detail about my life. However, when asked in return, I can usually expect a super short, vague, surface answer. Instead, they tend to cause a lot of hurt and resentful feelings. However friendships usually suffer when they overuse social media as a mask as an example.

They display the family, marriage, life they want people to think they live. As long as the enemy is after our joy and peace, we will struggle every day on this Earth.

Yes, there is tons of beauty in every day. At the same time, that is usually not what we have difficulty sharing. The hard stuff, difficult times….

The kind of friendship that heals your soul. They are hard to come by. Many people are terrified of judgement, and sharing the knitty gritty of their lives. Meanwhile they go home lonely every night with no one to talk to about their true struggles. I definitely know a few people like this. At my age, I no longer have the energy to tear down the walls of perfection, ask questions to get some real truth and meaning in our conversations.

I have accepted this is the life they are choosing to live. I choose to strive for vulnerability and true belonging in my closest relationships. I tend to give people too many chances. It is my strength and weakness. If you are trying to constantly go deeper with someone who just wants to go surface. Maybe they are still a nice friend in other ways, but that is not who you want in a close friendship. Other people are willing to go there, and looking to grow in real community with others.

Seek those type of people out. Blogging has taught me this more than ever, but whatever you are doing with your life, your closest friends should be your biggest cheerleaders. I literally look for ways to overly encourage my friends to dream, and go for it. I have friends going back to school, going for promotions, starting businesses, and homeschooling. Comparison kills your joy and your relationships.

I have friends in the past that have voiced struggling with those issues, and then pushed past it, and now cheer me on in every way! Dealing with the internal battle some people carry around on a daily basis, is hard on any friendship, and someone is majorly getting the short end of the stick. I can honestly say that my closest friends at this stage in my life are my biggest cheerleaders , and they get more excited about my successes than I do. This is so important. There are some people who will try to mold you into what they want you to be.

There are also other people who celebrate your differences. Real friends tell each other the truth in love. I am talking about not needing everyone around you to be the same, and hold the same views on various topics. This is important. Having friends who are different than me is both beneficial and gratifying. We can talk about serious topics, and we love to hear each others opinions. We celebrate them. This seems self explanatory. These are my people.

Some people only know how to be uptight all of the time, and FUN is just not a word you associate with them. These are not my people. It is important to have the ability to take off your shoes, and have a blast together. This life is too short to not search and pour your all into meaningful relationships. This is what Christ created us for…connection to other people. Relationships where we can truly be ourselves, and walk through the different stages of life together.

It is so rewarding, and man, does it make life so much less stressful, and more enjoyable! When you find someone with these types of qualities, do your part to get to know them better, and pursue a lasting friendship with them! It will be a blessing to you both! Learn more and join us! Because we're all in this together. Log in Edit Profile Log Out. They take off the mask. Let them stay there.

They cheer you on. They appreciate your differences. You have FUN together. You'll Also Like.

11 Qualities That Make A Good Friend, According To Experts

Edit Your Post. Published by Jehava Brown on January 17, As many of you know, I am very passionate about friendship.

When it comes to friendships, you may be closer to some people than others, which is perfectly fine. Of course, there are several traits of good friends , and your closest ones probably have many of them. So, this begs the question: How does someone make the cut, so to speak, and become one of your closest friends?

Want to be a better friend? Click here to learn more. There are certain qualities that must be shared in order to form the bonds of good and true friendship. Thing is, good friends share.

25 Qualities Of A Good Friend

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Jun 19, - Below, experts weigh in on traits that make a good friend, so you can see how you Nate Battle, coach, speaker, and author of Battle: Three Phases of “Unless your friend commits an egregious crime, you should not judge.

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