10 Characteristics of a Best Friend

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Our best friends love us despite our faults. They are our 2:00 a.m. friends. They listen to us when we’re ecstatic and comfort us when we think our lives have been flushed down the toilet.

And we are there for them too because that’s what best friends do. Statistics show best friends often overlook each other’s mistakes and don’t want to hurt the other.

  1. A best friend always tells the truth about how we look.
    “Your hair is always styled great, but when it’s shorter, you look younger.”
    “That dress works for your daughter, and I know you’re tickled about wearing her size, but for women our age I suggest something a little longer.”
  2. A best friend finds humor in almost everything. She knows when to laugh and isn’t afraid of poking fun at herself.
  3. A best friend is able to say no.
    “I know it’s important for you to call me as soon as you get home from work. But that’s the time my kids get in from school, and it’s important for me to find out about their day. Can we schedule another time?”
  4. A best friend often sees our pain and anguish before anyone else and encourages us to seek help: mental, physical, or spiritual.
  5. A best friend possesses integrity. She doesn’t gossip or reveal things told to her in confidence.
  6. A best friend practices the art of listening. She’s slow to give advice and chooses her words carefully.
  7. A best friend prays for us. It doesn’t matter to her what our spiritual convictions may be, she loves us unconditionally.
  8. A best friend speaks her mind in love. If there’s a disagreement, she moves forward to help resolve it.
  9. A best friend tells us when we’re wrong.
    “I know you’re upset with your hubby right now, but I think talking through the situation with him is a better option than giving him the silent treatment.”
  10. A best friend understands our good intentions, no matter how badly we fail.
    “I know you want your son to make good grades, but another approach might inspire him. I’m afraid your criticism is damaging his self-esteem.”

 

 

 


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  1. Pat Moore

    I have four friends like that. Charlotte & I grew up together. She’s just over a year younger than I am. Karen & I met when our husbands worked together & we camped out together when our children were toddlers & up. Now all of our children are in the their 40’s. Then there is Jo Ella. We met when I was 16 and we worked at a Baptist Summer Camp. We went to college together & when we married our husbands became best friends. We are still best friends after all these years. Then a fourth friend Wanda says what she thinks but always makes you feel better about yourself. These are life long friends, all fantastic Christians and would give their last dime to help someone, as well as their time and prayers. God truly has blessed me not only with these special four but a lot more like them. These have just been my best friends for the longest. I love each as if they were my sisters. I didn’t have a sister but God sent these special ladies to me instead.

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  2. Frances Wilson

    I have a friend just like that. How I thank God for her. Thank you DiAnn, for the great and timely post. It’s interesting that I am experiencing some of those situations in which I need a best friend’s input.

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  3. Connie Brown

    You have described my best friend completely. I don’t know what I would do without her. Not everyone likes her but she has been as close to me as if she were a sister. Sometimes better.

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