There are a few things to consider if we decide to step outside our doors to mingle:
- Trust – this is one of the most important factors in becoming friends. If you don’t trust anyone other than yourself, then you probably will not be a good friend to hang out with
- Honesty – being truthful and open minded brings out the best in others, and allow everyone to be themselves. Honesty leads to great communication and great communication strengthens relationships
- Respect – pride is disrespectful and pushes people away. Respect is earned and not demanded. If two people respect each other .. both reap the benefits
- Loyalty – is a gift that keeps on giving. It proves that you care about the friendship and will hold each other in high esteem at all times
Trust, honesty, respect and loyalty extends to all relationships be it – spouses, significant other, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Life is all about building healthy relationships.
“Don’t desert an old friend of your family or visit your relatives when you are in trouble. A friend nearby is better than relatives far away.” Proverbs 27:10
Healthy friendships don’t expose each other’s faults, or take on the role of the most important person around the table. They don’t get tired of doing what is good…or get discouraged and give up on each other… but, they choose to build together.
When you are friends in a ship…you don’t just pretend that you love, you genuinely love each other. No one abandons the ship and jumps off because they need to vent. They take delight in honoring and respecting each other.
Whether it’s two persons, or family members, colleagues, neighbors, or friends … know for sure that together we can accomplish more than if we were alone. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. We can go in and possess the gates of our enemies. But the person who is alone when he or she falls, they are in real trouble.
Relationships that are healthy is when both make the effort to do acts of kindness and service even when you may be getting on each other’s last nerve. There’s an unspoken promise that no one will become jealous or boastful or proud or rude. There’s no hidden record of wrongs, and no one is happy about injustice…but is exciting whenever there’s a win. True friendships inspires each other to be better than they were before.