"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:13-15
Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." Proverbs 18:24 goes on to say, "One who has unreliable friends soon comes o ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Then we hear Jesus' words in John 15: "I have called you friends." That statement blows me away! I wonder if the disciples understood the depth of their relationship with Jesus??? In the Old Testament, Abraham is mentioned as a friend of God in 2 Chronicles 20:7. Exodus 33:11 implies that Moses is also a friend of God. Today, we toss the words "friend" and "friendship" around with little or no value. But the Bible speaks of a "friend" and "friendship" as something extremely valuable. As Jesus spoke to His disciples, He equated friendship with love and obedience. The friendship that Jesus offered them, and indeed offers us, is a joyful relationship which is built upon love and obedience. Jesus is the friend that will always be there when you need Him. Jesus is the friend that will always be truthful. Jesus is the friend that will help you. Jesus is the friend who will teach you. Jesus is the friend who will love you. Jesus is the friend who died for you...He sacrificed Himself for you. He died so you could live. Is there any better friend than Him? And what is great about the friendship we have with Jesus is that He actually gives us the capacity to be this kind of friend. You and I can make a choice today to be this kind of friend to those around us who need someone to be there, who need truth, who need help, who need wisdom and knowledge, who need love, and who need sacrifice. Embrace this truth from God's Word today. Be a friend.