Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Proverbs 27:6
What does it mean to be a friend? A true friend? If you are anything like me, you may be struggling with that answer. I have found during the course of my life that people have their own interpretation of what they think friendship consist of. Personally, I always thought that friendship meant being there for someone through the good and the bad, being able to talk to them about anything, but yet at the same time, not having to be in their presence every moment of our lives. I have encountered friendships with people whom we didn't see each other often, but when we did, it was like we didn't miss a beat. I have also had friendships where we seen each other often, but at the same time, we weren't consumed with each other; we were at the same place, we hung out, then we branched out with other people.
Lately though, the question has come up often about friendship. What are the characteristics of a true friend? Although there are many characteristics that we can come up with, I think the main ones are those that consist of a willing ear, an understanding heart, and a helping hand.