Good friends are honest even when they know it may hurt initially.

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.—Proverbs 27:6 NLT

Friends celebrate each other’s victories.

What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!”—Luke 15:8–9

It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success.—John 3:29 NLT

True friends are there for each other in hard times.

To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend.—Job 6:14

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.—Proverbs 17:17 NIV

Friends help make you a better person.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.—Proverbs 27:17 NLT

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.—Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 NLT

Friends give good advice.

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.—Proverbs 27:9 NLT

Friends are forgiving.

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.—Proverbs 17:9 NLT

Friends don’t gossip.

A whisperer separates the best of friends.—Proverbs 16:28

Choose your friends wisely.

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.—Proverbs 12:26 NIV

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.—Proverbs 13:20 NLT

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.—Proverbs 18:24 NLT

Jesus set the ultimate example of a friend, and He shared His secret with us.

Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.—John 15:12–13 NLT

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Ronan Keane

Ronan Keane is the executive editor of the Activated magazine. 

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