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Developing Friendships

Make Life Better​—Family Life and Friendships

Successful relationships are more about giving than about receiving.

What Makes a Good Friend?

Most people feel it’s important to have good friends. How can you be a good friend to others? This article examines four guiding principles found in the Bible.

What’s a Real Friend?

Fake friends are easy to come by, but how can you find a true friend?

How to Make Real Friends

Four tips can help you to move from shallow relationships to deep friendships.

Who Are My True Friends?

Learn how you can build true and lasting friendships.

Should I Expand My Circle of Friends?

A small circle of friends can be comfortable, but not always beneficial. Why?


How to Deal With Loneliness

Chronic loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. How can you avoid feeling left out and lonely?

What if I’m Lonely?

Consider three keys to overcome loneliness and build lasting friendships.

Why Don’t I Have Any Friends?

You’re not the only one to feel lonely and friendless. Find out how others your age counteract these feelings.

What if I Don’t Fit In?

Is it more important to fit in with people with questionable values, or to stay true to who you are?

Digital Communication

How to Leave Work “at Work”

Five tips that can help you keep your job from intruding on your marriage.

How to Keep Technology in Its Place

The use of technology can either benefit your marriage or undermine it. How is it affecting your marriage?

What Should I Know About Online Photo Sharing?

Posting your favorite shots online is a convenient way of staying in touch with friends and family, but it also has potential dangers.

Be Social-Network Smart

Have fun and keep safe when you connect with your friends online.

What Should I Know About Texting?

Texting can affect your friendships and your reputation. Find out how.

How to Show Texting Manners

Is it rude to interrupt a conversation just to check a text message? Or is it rude to ignore a text message just to continue a conversation?


Friendship or Romance?​—Part 1: What Signals Am I Receiving?

Get tips that can help you figure out whether a person is sending romantic signals or just wants to be friends.

Friendship or Romance?​—Part 2: What Signals Am I Sending?

Might your friend conclude that you want more than friendship? Check out these tips.

When a Friendship Gets Too Close

Do you tell yourself, ‘We’re just friends?’ If so, examine Bible principles to see how this line of reasoning holds up.

Is It Love or Infatuation?

Learn the meaning of infatuation and real love.

Is Flirting Harmless Fun?

Exactly what is flirting? Why do some people do it? Are there any dangers?

What Is True Love?

Bible principles can help Christians to choose a good marriage mate as well as to show true love to each other once married.

Am I Ready to Date?

Consider four questions that can help you decide if you are ready to date.

Am I Ready for Marriage?

To answer that question, you need to know yourself well. An honest self-examination will help you.

Is This Person Right for Me?

How can you look beyond the surface and see who your friend really is?

Should We Break Up? (Part 1)

Marriage is a permanent bond. So, if you have second thoughts about the person you’re dating, do not ignore your feelings!

Should We Break Up? (Part 2)

Ending a relationship is never easy. What is the best way to go about it?

When a Courtship Ends

How can you move on with your life after a painful breakup?

Settling Differences

Why Should I Apologize?

Check out three good reasons to say ‘I’m sorry,’ even if you feel that you aren’t entirely in the wrong.

What Does the Bible Say About Anger?

Is anger ever justified? What should you do when it starts to build?

How Can People Make Peace?

Practical principles from the Bible have helped former enemies to make peace and even to become friends.

What Is Forgiveness?

The Bible provides five steps that can help you to forgive someone.

How to Forgive

Why can it be so hard to forgive? See how the Bible’s advice can help.

The Way of Happiness​—Forgiveness

A life filled with anger and resentment is neither happy nor healthy.