“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
Consider this definition of a friend: “A friend is one who KNOWS you as you are, UNDERSTANDS where you have been, ACCEPTS who you have become, and still gently invites you to GROW.”
Friendships help you grow. Your levels of friendship should grow also, from casual acquaintance to intimate friend. Consider what it takes to develop friendships at these four levels:
1) Acquaintance – be friendly, smile, learn names, be a great listener.
2) Casual Friendship – requires regular communication and contact; takes personal interest; being honest about your strengths and weaknesses.
3) Close Friendship – requires scheduled time together; takes interest in each other’s lives, dreams, potential; speaks of your friendship as “close.”
4) Intimate Friendship – takes more time! Assume personal responsibility for the other’s reputation. Learn how to comfort in trials and sorrows; pray for each other; be committed, loyal, faithful.
PRAY: “Dear Lord, I love you. As my friendship with You grows, help my friendship with others to grow, also. In Jesus’ Name, amen”