Friends are people we can relate to who, in most cases, share comparable characteristics, the same ambitions, and the same likes and dislikes as ours. Friends recognize you for who you are, flaws and all, and embrace you unconditionally. When we say that we have real friends, they ignore every one of our flaws because they love us and they know that if they can’t do this, the friendship won’t endure very long. In the Bible, Jesus discusses the importance of friendship and the role Christians should play in those relationships. What exactly does it indicate there?
Jesus gave Christians the mandate to love one another in the same way that He has loved us. There is no higher act of love than to lay down one’s life for a close friend, just as Christ did for us. If we obey His command, instead of treating us as servants, God considers us to be His friends. (John 15:12-14)
Jesus’ submission to the will of God the Father, His self-offering as a sacrifice on the cross, and His suffering crucifixion at the hands of sinful men constitute his greatest demonstration of love. All of this is a direct result of God’s tremendous love for each of us. Jesus refers to those who follow his teachings as his friends, and it is because of His love for us that he was able to persevere in the face of adversity. He said that the reason He is able to call us friends is because He has revealed to us everything that He has learned from God the Father. (Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. John 15:15) In this view, we can see that a good friend is someone who would not withhold anything from their friends, and this is how we can tell that they are true friends. When one keeps a secret from the other, there is no real transparency because, in so doing, you are keeping something from them.
The fact that Jesus washed the apostles’ feet is another demonstration of His love for those closest to Him. It is a representation of His boundless love and openness. (After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. John 13:5) To illustrate the depth of His selfless love, He humbled Himself and took the form of a servant. Because He cares so deeply for His friends, He decided to offer His time to help others. By doing so, He reveals to us how to love the people we consider to be our friends.
This would demonstrate that His purpose was not to be served but rather to serve others since it is obvious that He possesses the heart of a servant. It would illustrate that His intention was not to be served. (For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45) During the period that He was active in ministry, several of His close friends accompanied Him, and He discussed everything with them and enjoyed fellowship with them. (After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. John 3:22) This shows that Jesus was surrounded by His friends. Because He has previously demonstrated it for us, His life is a testament to how we should live our lives and serves as a model. Let us then all grow together in love like Jesus did.