Pr. 27:9 (Mes) “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”
1. BE COURAGEOUS BE INITIATIVE.
2 Tim. 1:7 (LB) “For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.”
2. BE CONSIDERATE OF THEIR NEEDS.
Chinese Proverb: “ Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood”
Phil 2:4 (GN) “Look out for one another’s interests, not just your own.”
Col. 3:13 (NLT) “You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, God forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
Proverbs 17:9 (LB) 9 Love forgets mistakes;
3. BE CONSTRUCTIVE WITH YOUR WORDS
Eph. 4:29 (NIV) “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
4. BE CANDID ABOUT PROBLEMS.
Pr. 24:26 (GN) “An honest answer is the sign of a true friendship.”
3 Rules for being candid in a relationship:
1. Compliment in public, Correct in private.
2. Correct when they are up not down.
3. Never offer correction until you prove that you are open to it.
Pr. 27:5-6 (NIV) “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted…”
5. BE CONFIDENT WITH INFORMATION.
Pr. 11:13 (NIV) “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”
6. BE COMMITTED TO THE RELATIONSHIP.
Pr. 17:17 (NIV) “A friend loves at all times.”
Pr. 18:24 (NIV) “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”