Constancy: Proverbs 17:17; 25:17; 18:24. A friend loves at all times.
Carefulness: Proverbs 26:18-19; 27:14; 25:20. A friend knows you well enough to what what hurts you.
Candour: Proverbs 27:5-6; 29:5. A friend nonetheless knows when to wound. And when they do, it hurts them too.
Counsel: Proverbs 27:9,17. A friend both reassures and challenges you, as the situation calls for it.
As believers in Christ, we have the ultimate friend. He’s there at all times. He received the wounds, not inflicted them. He never lets us down.
– Tim Keller, in Friendship
Here’s the classic hymn… in Chinese!