Daily Devotional: Are you a friend you’d want to have?June 21, 2019 Save Article
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8
A recent study just revealed that the average adult has not made a new friend—not even one—in the last five years. Why is it so hard to make a new friend or to find one? Maybe because we’re too busy. Maybe because we lack the five qualities of friendship. Take this quiz. Give yourself 20 points for each quality manifested in your life:
- Harmony. We are to be of one mind, not necessarily singing the same note, but complementing one another.
- Sympathy. We hurt when friends hurt. The world is looking for friends like this.
- Fraternity. We are to love one another like brothers. There is no brotherhood like the brotherhood in Jesus Christ.
- Empathy. If you want to be a real friend, you’re going to have to feel deeply. You’ll need to put yourself in the place of the other person.
- Humility. Genuine courtesy is thinking of the other person’s needs before your own. You are less concerned with your rights, and more concerned about the relationship.
How did you score? Four out of five give you 80%--that’s just barely a “B.” Begin to develop these characteristics of friendship in your life and watch God change your world!