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Six qualities a GREAT friend practices

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Ever wondered what qualities make up a great friend? Whether you have been questioning the company you keep or you’ve felt like you needed to step up and be a better friend, here are six qualities we should all aim to practice.

She keeps the circle open.

A woman who always has “room for one more” is great at demonstrating God’s welcoming nature. No one wants to jump through hoops to receive the approval of other women. She knows this because she’s been there and has decided to always invite people into the conversation.

She celebrates.

She knows how to celebrate others without feeling threatened. Her identity is in Christ so there is no fear in a woman being “better” than her. She finds authentic joy for her friends’ successes and good news.

She shows grace.

No friend should have to walk on eggshells every time they make a mistake. A good friend communicates grace through her actions and her words so her friends never have to wonder or worry where they stand when the friendship hits a bump!

She knows her words are a weapon that can tear down or build up her friends.

She knows words hold a ton of weight so she thinks before she speaks. If she says something out of spite, bitterness or jealousy those harsh words can have a negative impact; crushing the beauty in her friend. So instead, she uses her words to build her friends up, knowing that those kind encouragements will take root and blossom into the beautiful person she knows her friend to be.

She sows trust.

She is capable of having deep conversation and is trusted to hold those shared things close to her heart. She keeps her promises and shows up when she says she will. Not only is she a good listener, but is also humble enough to share her own struggles and needs.

She points her friends to Jesus.

A woman who sharpens the faith of her friends is coveted! She asks hard questions, she studies her Bible and she loves well. She is a friend of God and she passes on that joy and love to the people around her.

What friendship practices do you do well?  What friendship practices need more work? Remember that all of these qualities start with a consistent friendship with God! He will provide all the things you need to love others well! You will never be a perfect friend but you can represent Christ, the perfect friend, to those around you and that is the BEST friendship quality of all!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Summer

    Beautiful post & love your pictures! Thank you for sharing what being a true friend means. I loved the concept of “keeping the circle open”, celebrating each other, & showing grace. Love your writing!

    Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:56pm
    • Reply Bailey

      Thank you for reading Summer 🙂

      Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 2:21pm
  • Reply Machelle Baker

    I have friends this is true of…and they make great friends.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:40am
    • Reply Bailey

      Praise Jesus for great friends!

      Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 1:08pm
  • Reply Heather Bock

    These are helpful tips! I could work on asking hard questions. I like it when friends do it for me!

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4:01pm
    • Reply Bailey

      Heather! Me too! I love friends who ask the great questions and I always challenge myself to be better about it

      Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8:22pm
  • Reply Brittany

    What beautiful qualities of friendships. I like that you mentioned being open in the very beginning. So frequently women find friends then close the circle. How much more of Jesus do others see with open circles.

    Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 10:42am
    • Reply Bailey

      Yes, I often want to be the gal who finds a few good friends and then I don’t want to share but having been the new person or the outsider…it’s just harmful! So, thankfully I have had other friends demonstrate this quality for me so I can be better about it.

      Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 12:33pm
  • Reply Edna Davidsen

    Dear Bailey!

    Great to revisit your blog, it’s been a while since last time 🙂

    Those are some great ideas about friendship that you shared in this blog post. I love the idea that you mention about celebrating others without feeling threatened, that’s something that can be difficult in a competitive environment – but it’s excellent advice.

    You have some beautiful images following your blog posts, which adds positive energy to your writings 🙂

    You said in the blog posts, all of these qualities start with a consistent friendship with God! That’s a good starting point. The most influential Christians today are those who are the message about a merciful God; God does not require anything in return for His gift for us, once we truly understand that, we realise that have nothing to fear and that’s the moment we really can begin to give back to the world 🙂

    Blessings!
    Edna Davidsen

    Friday, July 6, 2018 at 2:18pm
    • Reply Bailey

      Mercy is a great way to describe a Christ-centered friendship bonus! Thanks, Edna.

      Friday, July 6, 2018 at 9:12pm
  • Reply Melinda Viergever Inman

    Bailey, your website is so clean and beautiful! Your post is so wise! Your friends are blessed to have a friend like you, one who understands all of these qualities that are so necessary in friendships. I love the characteristics you detail. These make the very best of all friendships and are often so hard to find as we interact with other women. Great post!

    Friday, July 6, 2018 at 9:39am
    • Reply Bailey

      Thank you, Melinda!

      Friday, July 6, 2018 at 9:13pm
  • Reply Melissa Henderson

    What a blessing to have friends we can encourage and lift up! Great message.

    Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7:19am
    • Reply Bailey

      Thanks, Melissa!

      Friday, July 6, 2018 at 9:11pm
  • Reply Tessa

    This is a wonderful reminder for me in reflecting on whether I am offering all that I could in friendships, and also serves as a great reminder of how wonderful my friends are to me! I love this list of qualities and the way you brought out the points. 🙂

    Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 4:51pm
    • Reply Bailey

      Having regular reminders of how awesome are friends are really helps us stay grateful! Otherwise I begin to take them for granted…

      Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 6:52pm
  • Reply Karen Friday

    Wow, wow, wow, Bailey. I simply love this post. Honestly, I thought I was going to be noting that my favorite friend quality is “room for one more.” Then I kept reading and I like every one. Each are powerful in and of themselves. The pictures are great. I’m sharing this on my FB writer’s page.

    Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 3:27pm
    • Reply Bailey

      You are the best! Thank you for celebrating other women so well!

      Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 3:59pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    Thanks for posting such wonderful words of advice. I especially liked the idea of celebrating each other successes. Bless you

    Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:55pm
    • Reply Bailey

      Thanks Yvonne and hope you have a cheerleader in your life!

      Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 3:01pm
  • Reply Nancy E. Head

    Great words in this post. Love the part about building trust.

    Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:23pm
    • Reply Bailey

      we all need a trustworthy friend 🙂

      Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 3:00pm

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