7 Ways to Help a Struggling Friend

1) Their feelings are very real. Don’t pretend they don’t exist. If there is a specific issue, pin-point it and lead them to a better place.

2) Be sincere with them. Be their friend because you genuinely care about them, not just because you pity them. Lying to them will only lower their self-esteem.

3) Have a heart to heart. Speaking the truth in love is one of the best ways to help someone grow. Take time to invest in their life. It will mean a lot.

4) Give them a confidence booster. Compliment them. Encourage them. A positive influence can work wonders in their life.

5) Be a role-model. Don’t be constantly putting yourself or others down. The best way to teach someone is by example. So in essence, live what you preach.

6) Be there for them. Sometimes a friend just needs a shoulder to cry on. It’s great to give advice and direction, but there’s something to be said for being a good listener.

7) Just be friendly. True friends are by your side through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sure, it’s not always sunshine, but a rainbow comes after the rain. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Philippians 2:4 (ESV)
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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