What God has been teaching and building with me over the past few years is how to be a GREAT friend and what that actually means. Naturally, humans are actually very self absorbed, it takes effort to be attentive, to listen, to understand, to spend time with someone, to let hurtful comments roll off your back, to be forgiving, to regularly check in with people to see how they're doing when you aren't in the mood to chat. I love the relationship between David & Jonathan in the Bible. When I studied their friendship I quickly realized that the benchmark of what a true, healthy friendship should be is exemplified by them -- FRIENDSHIP • it does not choose based on what you have to offer (Jonathan was Prince of Israel & David keeper of sheep) • It is Generous (1 Samuel 18:4 - Jonathan gave David his royal armour, sword and robe cos he loved him) • it is Selfless (1 Samuel 18:3 - Jonathan made a covernant to love David as his own soul), • it is Loyal (Jonathan's father was King Saul, the one trying to KILL David, David should of been Jonathan's enemy but he protected & defended his friend) • it keeps its word/promises (After Jonathan died, David kept his promise to show kindness to Jonathan's son and provide for him even when by custom he should have killed him) •It Protects (Jonathan knew his father was going to kill David, so he helped David escape from the palace). There are so many more qualities I found in this friendship, these are just the minority I've listed, but I want to encourage you to read their story in the book of Samuel! Study them, learn from them and apply to your life. Be that friend that is rare! A friend that people love to have around, a friend that adds value to others lives -- don't be the "gossip, the user, the complainer, the negative one, the one no one trusts, always late, always about herself, never makes time for anyone, never apologizes, doesn't help with anything.." I used to be many of these 👆🏽But we are women who have Christ, now! WE "FRIEND" DIFFERENTLY lol. Set the standard. Be blessed. Prov 18:24 - "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."