I think it’s safe to say that most people have one or two friends that always make them feel better when they’re going through a difficult season of life. I love these people! They just make the bad days better. They are always capable of seeing the ray of sunshine behind the clouds. But, as much as we should appreciate these people, we should also strive to be these people! I have done some observing and have come up with 5 qualities of encouraging friends, and I’d like to share them with you today.
Whenever you are going through something difficult, the thing you really need is prayer. The Encouraging Friend is so ready to give it! You don’t have to worry about them trying to fix your problems, but they will help you by praying for you. The prayer of a righteous person has great power (James 5:15), and the Encouraging Friend knows this and does her part.
The Encouraging Friend always puts others above herself. She remembers to be a servant at all times, because she knows that she will receive her reward one day. When you are going through something difficult or have experienced something exciting, she doesn’t talk about herself and what’s going on in her life, but listens and appreciates the other person’s life and what they need to say, which brings us to #3.
An Encouraging Friend realizes that sometimes, oftentimes, listening is better than speaking her advice. Being able to just let it out and talk about a problem or situation is so helpful, and the Encouraging Friend knows this and respects this.
Rather than being depressive and pessimistic about a situation, the Encouraging Friend looks for a brighter side of life. They know that there can be good found in every situation, even if it’s just the fact that you’re alive and breathing. They help us to count our blessings and remember the good things in life.
Lastly, the Encouraging Friend will be there for you during the good times and bad. They laugh when you laugh and cry when you cry. The Encouraging Friend will never leave your side, and will always be there to share a smile or be a shoulder to cry on.
I pray that all of us strive to be this kind of friend, because the world needs more of them!
If you know any of these people, let them know they’re loved and appreciated. Be the encouraging person to them that they are to you and others.