1. possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real.
Being genuine is arguably one of my favorite characteristics in a person. I think it's something about when someone lives in such a way that they are transparent, not hiding anything.
When you think about it, that truly is the way to live, isn't it? It's so freeing knowing that you are not hiding anything from anybody. It's also at that point that people can truly get to know each other. On the next dimension of friendships, you throw all your cards out on the table that are in your hand. I like to call this accountability. We all need at least one friend (preferably same gender) that we can bring everything to. Although, we should be already bringing everything to God, don't get me wrong. But having that brother or sister in Christ to talk to here on Earth makes things a lot easier. That's my plug for accountability partners.
But just being real with everybody sets such a testimony for others. When you live in such a way that you aren't afraid to tell others what you've gone through or struggle with or have been happy about lately, it is such a witness to people, I believe. I'm just thinking about it now, and trying to see it from an outside perspective... If I saw two people being real with each other, and they came out of it feeling free, I would want everything to do with it, to be honest. The feeling of not being tied down or chained up to a situation would feel great. And, often times, that's what accountability has to offer. If we could just bring down our walls and trust just a couple people we love, our fellowship would be ten times better and people would want what we have.
So find that person(s) if you haven't already.
And also, if any of you have heard me say "Keep it real" to you, I mean "Stay genuine. Don't be fake."