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via EEWMagazine-Bethany Marks:

In a Friday, June 15, 2018 Instagram post, Bible teacher and author Priscilla Shirer got reflective about the great friendships God has blessed her to have.

“The older I get the more value I’m placing on like-minded relationships with people who are headed in the same direction and who allow (and appreciate) you to be who you are,” wrote the Going Beyond Ministries author.

So then, as a believer, how do you identify great girlfriends and healthy relationships? Here are 10 qualities to look for as you wisely choose based on the leading of the Lord.

#1 They don’t take pleasure in gossip.

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13 NIV)

Make sure your friends don’t tear others down and constantly share unfounded rumors and trashy tidbits. If they gossip about others to you, they’ll gossip about you to others. Gossipers divulge private matters. They lack discretion and can be very messy. Often, they spread lies—whether purposely or accidentally—because they enjoy sharing bad news. You can’t trust them to hold anything in confidence.

#2 They can’t be classified as busybodies.

“…And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.” (1 Timothy 5:13 NIV)

Busybodies and gossipers run together and usually the same person. They are always meddling in the affairs of others. They don’t have enough going on in their own lives, so they stick their noses in places they don’t belong. They can always be found scavenging for scraps of information. They aren’t healthy and feel like they have to know everybody’s business and interject their two cents. Their “How are you?” is not a genuine question. It is loaded with hopes of getting juicy insights about your personal matters.

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