Cherish the Love and Support of Your Best Friend

We treasure every relationship, but there is something exceptional about the love and support of a best friend. Show your love with these tips...

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.

18 comments

  1. Michele Morin says:

    Horace, this is a beautiful tribute to your friend. In The 4 Loves, C.S. Lewis talks about friend love, and he describes it as two people standing side by side, looking in the same direction and enjoying things together. You’ve captured that in your words, and it sounds as if you’re experiencing it in real life! Blessings!
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    • Horace Williams Jr says:

      Thanks for the kind words Melanie! I just got my computer back for now… I am thankful for Chris and for meeting so many supportive and encouraging blogging friends as well. Thanks for sharing too! Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Horace Williams Jr says:

    Thanks for visiting and your comment Lori! Yes it is definitely easy to take for granted those that are closet to and love us. I need to take the time to be the best friend not only to Chris but to those friends of mine that love me Thanks again for the visit. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

  3. Lori says:

    Thank you for this encouragement, Horace. I had to do a little math and was amazed to realize I have been friends with my best friend for almost 33 years. We met in the 4th grade but became best friends in the 7th grade. We live across the country from each other, but when we talk, it is like we are right down the road from each other. She has prayed for certain things for my family and I have done the same for hers. I cherish our friendship and I’m thankful to have her. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.
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    • Horace Williams Jr says:

      Wow! 4th grade…now that’s a long-time best friend! I sent a copy of this post to Chris and we began to reminisce about things we’ve done together that I even forgot. What a blessing to have a friend like that. I am looking forward to see what we do to celebrate my 50th this Summer…Lord willing! Have a wonderful Valentine’s weekend my friend! God bless.
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  4. Sandy Sandmeyer says:

    I met my best friend about 29 years ago and though we had a time that we didn’t speak, she is the one person who knows more about me than even my own husband. The support that we give and get from each other makes my life much happier for knowing her. Thanks for sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party. It’s great to get a guy’s perspective as well!
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    • Horace Williams says:

      Thanks Sandy for sharing your comment and the opportunity to share. I will definitely register for that gift card! I love Amazon! I am blessed to have a friend like Chris…his reaction to the post was incredible! Best friends are definitely a blessing! Have a wonderful week!

  5. Regina L. L. Wells says:

    I love this post. My best friend and I just had a great talk the night before last about honesty and whether we felt like we were too honest with each other. (The answer was, “no, we could handle it.”) Thank you for sharing!

    • Horace Williams says:

      Thank you Regina for your visit and kind words! I think that is one thing that makes a best friend…the honesty shared in love. Thanks again for stopping by and your comment. May God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

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