As we turn the corner towards February, the signs of Valentines day are everywhere! Inboxes flooded with specials on roses, flowers, and teddy bears. The isles in the stores are now filled with boxes of chocolate instead of Christmas decorations. You can just feel the love…right?
Love is great! It makes us feel warm inside. There’s the greatest love ever shown by our Savior giving His life for us. The unconditional love of a parent and siblings. True love between a husband and wife is forever. The romance and excitement of your indescribable “first love”.
For me personally, there is a love that I feel at times gets overlooked. The love of a best friend! Remember as a child, the two of you were inseparable. You played on the swings and in the sandbox together; went to school and had sleepovers on the weekend. There was nothing like the pure joy and excitement of getting to go to your best friend’s house for a weekend sleepover!
I met my best friend about 22 years ago. We used to work together at a restaurant. I would take him home after work and we would just sit in the car in front of his house or sometimes in the parking lot and talk for hours! We shared about our dreams, our family, and our loves. After our careers took different paths we continued to keep in contact though not nearly as often.
We were able to get together this past Christmas and joked that we’ve stayed friends for so long because we don’t see each other all the time! I thank God for my friend Chris because regardless of our schedules and distance between us, he is someone I can count on and love him like a brother!
Before King David became king, he had a best friend. his name was Jonathan. Oddly enough, Jonathan was the son of the reigning King Saul who wanted to kill David. Here’s a glimpse at their friendship here in first Samuel.
And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.” 1 Samuel 20:17.”
Now that’s a best friend…to love someone as you love yourself! When I look back at some of my friendships over the years, I am reminded of my selfishness at times. As I grow closer to Christ each day, I want to be a better friend and cherish my best friend of over 20 years.
So how can I do that? How can I be a better friend? Here a just a few characteristics of love we can show to our best friend.
Show your love by being:
Accepting – We show our love by accepting our friend for who they are and not trying to change them.
Loyal – Being there for your friend through the good and the bad times.
Uplifting – We help our friend in any way we can to lift their spirits and bless them.
Honesty – Trust and complete honesty are what makes a friend your best friend! You trust them with anything and you can tell each other things in love that need to be said.
What other characteristics come to mind that we can show love towards our best friend?
We treasure our friends but there is nothing like the unconditional love of a supportive best friend. I hope you will make a commitment to cherish your best friend and strive to be the best friend possible to them as well.