Listen deeply, respond authentically, avoid judgment, and love well. (A Father’s Advice)
These might be called the four laws of friendship. Many of us have a hard time listening well because we’re thinking about our response. And sometimes our answers are not well thought through. It’s helpful, too, to avoid making judgments until we get all the facts. Friendships grow well when they are saturated with love that’s offered unconditionally.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance (1 Corinthians 13:7).