Friendship and Gossip (Proverbs 16:28)
The Value of Friends (Sirach 6:15)
Faithful friends are beyond price; No amount can balance their worth.
The ideal friendship gives us a place to be entirely ourselves, without judgment or fear that what we say will be twisted or shared with others. Beyond that, a great friend provides companionship and fun. Finding this person can be tricky. Sometimes friends let us down, and if that happens, do not let it deter you from trusting again. A healthy friendship is too valuable to give up on, so if you don't find it with one person, you will with someone else.
Wise Friends (Proverbs 13:20)
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
This quote reminds me of a couple things. First, when I think of being "wise," I think of mentors. Mentors are wonderful people to have around, because you benefit from their experience, but they also tend to connect you with other friends.
Second, this quote makes me think of a group of silly, foolish people. It doesn't matter what age they are, but you'll recognize them by the petty way they act and how they treat others. Let's face it, some friends are a better influence than others. If you know a self-absorbed or negative friend, maybe it's time to move to a healthy friendship.
Honesty in Friendship (Proverbs 24:26)
An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.
Being honest with your friends lets them know you care about them and aren't going to tell them one thing while you talk behind their back to someone else. But there is a difference between being blunt honest and being gently honest. When you're gently honest, you tell it to them straight but also have their feelings in mind.
Friendships Come and Go (Proverbs 18:24)
Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers."
This quote sums up friendship in our lives. There are pals you meet and become fast friends with, while others may walk away from you and you never really know why. Some friendships are meant to be for a short time, but we don't always know it when we first meet someone new.
If you've had a friendship end, it can be a very hard thing to get over. But take heart in the fact that with every friendship you learn something, and grow as a person. Each friendship (even the ones with people who hurt you), will teach you something, even if the lesson is just to appreciate the great friends you have in your life.