The right friend will build you up. The wrong friend will destroy you. Many will have their plans and lives changed because they picked the wrong friend or gave them the wrong priority in their lives! Many do not even know what a true friend is. Friends are friendly all the time! A true friend loves us during the hard times as well as the good.
Proverbs 17:17 -
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend."
Thine own friend , and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
What kind of friend are you? There is a huge difference in knowing someone very well and being a true friend. The greatest evidence of genuine friendship is loyalty. (loving all the time, being available to help in times of distress or personal struggles) Too many people are fair weather friends. They stick around when the friendship helps them and leave when they are not getting anything out of the relationship. Think of your friends and strive to be the kind of friend the bible encourages. A true friend is friendly first, rather than waiting for others to approach him first.
Proverbs 18: 24
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
A true friendship is given and not bought. You can’t buy true friendship. Give and you may get, but don’t be friendly to get. You can’t make someone be your friend.
Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. But not true friends!
A true friends tells us what they believe is best for us because they care what happens to us. Faithful are the wounds of a friend ; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. Thine own friend , and thy father's friend , forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
Here's A Few Other Friendly Advices:
WAIT on the right friend. Don’t take the first acquaintance that comes around as your friend.
Pick a friend that you look up to not down to OR the relationship will bring you down.
Pray about the friendship. Ask God how you can be a better friend, not just how that person can meet your needs. Ask God to give you a friend!
Be honest with your friend. If they don’t like the real you, or the truth, then they’re not the friend for you.
Friendship is not popularity!
Stick up for a friend. Never put them down in front of others!
Be a friend to someone that you feel needs one! They are often the most grateful!
Obey your parent’s discernment about friends. If they say to stay away from a certain person, obey them!
Marry a friend!