Gracious Friends Are a Gift From God

God has blessed us with many gifts, for which I thank Him. One of the most joyful blessings I’ve received is gracious, loving family members and friends.

These are people who are willing to listen without interrupting or turning their attention to something else and who don’t speak a negative criticism in every other word they utter to you. They are people with whom I can spend an hour of relaxed conversation and part without my stomach knotting up.

Gracious friends are accepting, not critical, uplifting and supporting. I never have to fight to get a few words in but am encouraged to offer my point of view. They never make me feel worthless and never speak to me in condescending tones.

Friends are those who allow me access into their lives and once in awhile value my support and encouragement.

Thank you, Lord, for true friends who reflect Your glory and build us up in You.

Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. John15:13.

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