“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,
kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and,
if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord
has forgiven you, so must you also forgive.”
Colossians 3:12-13, ESV

Think about who you count on. Do you consider yourself to be a good friend? Let’s go another way -- Can you trust yourself to be a good friend to – yourself? Ah. There it is. Let’s see how we measure up by looking at friendship traits.

Trustworthy. When a friend shares something in confidence, she trusts you’ll safeguard that information. You don’t run around telling everything you know. Think about what you share about yourself now. We’re all a little careless sometimes about what, and with whom, we reveal parts of ourselves. I’m not saying we should isolate. We should consider, however, not everyone has the character to handle every aspect of us rightly. Be selective. Be someone you can trust.

Protective. – You wouldn’t knowingly let your friend walk into a dangerous situation, would you? You’d speak up if they were in an unhealthy relationship. Are you watching over yourself that way? Protecting your mind from unhealthy influences? Making wise choices? We are to be good stewards. If that applies to material objects, how much more does it apply to the YOU God gave you?

Forgiving. – If a friend offends you, you find a way to forgive. Have you forgiven yourself for your wrongs and weaknesses? Or do you refuse to let yourself off the hook? This is a tough one. Ask God to help you. His Son died for that forgiveness, after all. Show yourself the same grace you offer others.

Patient. – When a friend is going through something or having a bad day, we give her time to sort it out. Let’s be long-suffering with ourselves on this journey, too. Strive for excellence. Be patient with humanness. You’ll get there.

If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, we have to start by loving ourselves. Next week, we'll dig deeper as we are committed to being the best kind of friend to ourselves.

Be good to yourself. Your self will thank you.

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