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The secret to having good friends is to be a good friend to others. Here are some ways we can be the outstanding kind of friends that we want to become:

Be Encouraging

Most people are well aware of the negatives around them. Become a positive influence on others, especially those who you call friends. That little spark might be just what they need as they break through the mundane. People always have a special place in their lives for those who inspire them.

Be Comforting

It is easy to enjoy friendship when everything is awesome. Outstanding friends show up when the difficulties arise. Comfort springs from two things: presence and empathy. When friends are hurting, your empathetic presence means a lot. Don’t underestimate the power of silently sitting with a friend during their toughest seasons.

Be Involved

All relationships require involvement. From lending a helping hand to creatively wasting time, each moment is an investment. Enjoy their company and make the most of the time you are given.

Be Compassionate

Compassion is an others-focused mindset. When we begin to see life through the lens of what we can offer instead of what we can get, compassion flows from us.

Be Joyful

Your life is a gift from God. Don’t miss the joy that can be found in the simple things. Have a good time living a godly lifestyle and having real friends who care about you. Spend time looking at all the good things God has placed in your path.

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