How can you know if someone is your friend? This is a crucial life skill that you and your children must master. Failure to discern who is a genuine friend leads to being manipulated and used. This may result in bitterness and a crippling inability to trust others. God has provided tools in Scripture so that you can recognize genuine friendship. Becoming intimately familiar with passages that teach what friendship in action looks like is a way to start. I Corinthians 13:4-7 is such a passage. Another place to look is in the Proverbs.
Most Proverbs should not be read as commands but as reliable observations about life. For example, look at Proverbs 12:18:
"The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
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