Truth and tears clear the way to a deep and lasting friendship. (Marie de Rabutan-Chantal, 17th century French aristocrat and letter-writer)

Genuine friendship certainly requires truth, and the expression of tears will often solidify a relationship. Photographer Gabriela Catalina put it another way, “Friendship: a building contract you sign with laughter and break with tears.” As you evaluate your list of acquaintances, you can probably identify those true, lasting friends by those two elements: truth and tears.

There are “friends” who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).