Your Friendships Can Make You or Break You!
We all need friendships, the question is whether we are going to put in the energy it takes to build strong friendships or not? If we think that friendships will just grow naturally, there is some truth to that, but in reality, it takes time, effort, energy, sacrifice, patience and love to make friendships thrive!
I have noticed in my life, that when I nurture a friendship by giving the other person respect, their own personal time and space, and focus on their interests more than dumping my problems on them or being less self-centered, I have noticed that those relationships tend to go better, last longer and become stronger. Are you ready to build strong friendships? Then read more about how to below. ~ Bill Greguska
Easy Ways How to Make Friendships Stronger!
Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. ~ Eustace Budgell
Thoughts To Consider About Building Strong Friendships.
- What are some ways that you encourage your friend when they are sad or depressed?
- Do you try to listen twice as much as you talk?
- Would you be willing to cancel or change your plans if your friend needed your help?
- Do you keep your friendships healthy by having a good sense of humor?
- Do you give an honest, loving answer when asked a sensitive question?
- Realize that friendships can be hard to be in sometimes.
Friendships Can Be Tricky, So Build Bridges, Not Walls!
- Try to understand the other person’s point of view; this is critical in having better friendships.
- Arguments are not usually very productive. But rather, discussions are. James 4:1-2
- Respect other people’s opinions even if you do not agree with them.
- If you find out that you are wrong, humbly admit it right away.
- Get people on your side by finding common bonds.
- Never argue about religion, share your thoughts and respect others.
- Give other people credit for something said or done right.
- Try to be more sympathetic to others feelings and ideas
- Attempt to find a thing in common and be open to differences.
- Ask others what their opinion is.
Tips on Building Friendships!
- “Love and respect will make any good relationship better.” Stephen Ramjewan
- Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
- Do you have questions about how to have better relationships?
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- “If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship than love.” Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
- “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.” Aristotle
- What does the Bible say about friends?
- What is true friendship according to the Bible?
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Quotes on How to Have Strong Friendships!
Ideas to Help You in Your Friendships:
- Take time to listen to each other. This can be tough to do sometimes. Each person should take time some time to listen without interrupting while the other person talks.
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Try to see why the other person sees things the way they do. Just your attempt to do so will help the other person understand that you seek to be a friend.
- Look at what is right about what the another person is saying. See if you can correct the situation. If you need to apologize, go ahead. It may feel horrible, but an apology can often help a relationship get back on the right track that benefits both of you.
- Separate your emotions from reality. Everyone has emotions that surface intermittently. People often say things they don’t mean when they are in the middle of emotional upset. Allow the person some time and space for them to deal with their emotions before you try to work things out.
- Continue to appreciate and respect each other. Even though it may be difficult, focus on the positive aspects of the relationship. If you model appreciation, the other person will often follow in that same kind of manner.
- Speak from your heart. As you try to unravel the difficulty, keep focused on what you and the other person care about most: the goals of the project, your faith in God, each other, the community, etc.
- Don’t give up your principles. Don’t sacrifice what you believe in just to make a relationship work. If you give up on your principles, you won’t be effective, and the relationship won’t work anyway, so the best thing to do is be honest, sincere, and use common sense in the way you talk to others.
- Hang in there when things get difficult. You can take some breathing room, but try not to give up on the relationship altogether. When things are the toughest, there are valuable lessons to be learned. It’s best to keep a relationship that you’ve invested your time and caring into? Be careful not to say something to harm the relationship any more than it is already.
- You can act independently to improve any relationship. Even if the other person or group of people is acting nasty, you can act in a way that is positive, respectful, constructive, and thoughtful, this may surprise people, and they may follow your lead.
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The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when. ~ Simon Sinek
John 15:13-15 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”