Friends. We should treasure them, cherish them, rejoice that we have them. Like our family, friends are one of the greatest gifts God has given us. John 15:12-13 says this:
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Friendship is powerful, and it is most definitely a reason to celebrate.
I have developed many friendships over the years. Some were closer than others, and some I’ve had for years while others I’ve had for only a short time, but I value them all. We’ve heard (and perhaps experienced) that we do not value something until we’ve lost it. Don’t let that be the case with friendship. Treasure your friendships, for they are a gift.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” The wording may be a little confusing, but it’s basically saying that the person that lays down his life for his friends has exhibited the greatest love (which is exactly what Jesus did for us!). In case you’re freaking out, this doesn’t mean that you have to literally die or be crucified like Jesus was–not at all. The way I see it is this: It’s saying we should love our friends with a love that would cause us to take a bullet for them, to die for them. Again, not to literally die, but a love that just as powerful. This can be confusing, but once you begin to grasp the meaning of it, you might have to sit down. It’s incredible…and truly, a love like that is impossible for our minds to grasp. It’s difficult to exhibit a love that amazing, but it’s awe-inspiring to see someone try.
What I’m trying to say is hard to put into words. You may not get it right away. But if–and when–you do, don’t just get up from the computer and go on with your day. Just sit for a moment. Give thanks to God for your friends, and realize what an important part of your life they are.
This may or may not be the last post of The Friendship Series (let me know if you’d like me to add more posts on it). I had to include this in it, though. If you are going to build successful, long-lasting friendships, this is vital to understand. Friendship is a thing to celebrate, not to be taken for granted. Let your friends know that you appreciate them, and celebrate!
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