So, what does a true Christian friendship look like?
Let's break it down into traits that are easy to identify.
Recognizing what's best for someone and giving that person space are signs of a healthy relationship. But at times we also have to say the difficult things our dearest friend needs to hear.
Likewise, a mentee who expects too much from his mentor is probably seeking a mutual bond with the wrong person.Mentee Friendship: In a mentee friendship, we are the one being taught, counseled, or discipled.We are on the receiving end of ministry, being served by a mentor.We may know a mature believer who mentors us in God's Word, while in turn, we take time to mentor a brand new follower of Christ.Mutual friendships are quite different than mentoring friendships.A true Christian friend will wisely avoid intruding and recognize your need to maintain other relationships. I believe this is what Proverbs means when it says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."As we've reviewed these traits of godly friendships, we've probably recognized areas that need a little work in our efforts to build stronger bonds.But if you don't have lots of close friends, don't be too hard on yourself.Loves Sacrificially (NIV)Jesus is the finest example of a true Christian friend. He demonstrated it not only through his miracles of healing, but more fully through the humble service of washing the disciples' feet, and then ultimately when he laid down his life on the cross.If we choose our friends based only on what they have to offer, we'll rarely discover the blessings of a genuine godly friendship.Mentees must respect boundaries and look for close friendship with someone other than a mentor.We can be both mentor and mentee, but not with the same friend.