Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Being a good friend isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it takes hard work. However, being a good friend is something that with God’s help can be accomplished. Here are some ideas on how to become a good friend.
1. Be Friendly – If you want to have friends you must begin by being friendly. Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must show himself friendly. If you want to have good friends you’ve got to begin by being friendly. Focus on going out of your way to talk to others. By being friendly, and talking to others, you’ll find that you attract more friends.
2. Be There – If you have a friend that is going through a hard time, don’t bail on them. Stick around and just be there for them. Many times you might not know what to say or do, but you just being there will mean a lot to your friend.
3. Listen – A good friend listens to others. Do you spend all the time talking and dominating the conversation? If you do, perhaps take some time to spend listening to others. People will want to be around you more if you’re willing to listen to them.
4. Be Light – One of the best ways you can be a good friend is by letting your life show others how good Jesus is. Let your friends know what a difference Jesus has made in your life. Don’t hide your relationship with God, but let that relationship shine though in all you do.
Being a good friend takes work, but it is worth it. When you develop good habits in your friendships, you’ll find that you become the type of person others want to be around. Become a good friend so that you can help lead others to know Christ.
Dear Lord, we thank You for being our friend! We pray that we would be good friends to those around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.