John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
Friends. Have you ever considered what a broad spectrum that word covers? People we see and speak to at church, at school or at work. People we hang around with. Our neighbors or the people in a small group we’re a part of. From people we enjoy seeing and being with – to those who are important in our lives – to those we absolutely treasure.
Hopefully, we all have some friendships that are in the ‘treasured’ category. Typically, we don’t have many and to have even one is beyond a blessing. Some friendships move into this treasured category because of shared hardship. One of you, or a couple, was going through a very hard time and you were there with them – or they were there with you. Praying together, crying together, hurting together – friend letting friend know they are important and loved! It is a refining process that brings forth a quality and depth of friendship that wouldn’t be there without it.
I never cease to be blessed by the treasured friends Donna and I have who enjoy us as much as we enjoy them. They love to bless us as much as we love blessing them. They enjoy being with us as much as we enjoy being with them. The joy and pleasure we experience when we see that a call or text or email is from them. They brighten our lives.
This is the nature of the friendship that Jesus offers us. It’s not just being one of the group. It is an opportunity – an open door to a relationship that He wants to have with us. It is not just a theological truth. It is real – something that He wants to manifest in our lives. It is the stuff that dreams are made of – dreams that can come true!
Treasured friendships are priceless and Jesus offers each of us the best one we can ever have – a friendship beyond imagining. All we have to do is love Him. Thankfully He has given us His commands so that we can know that we do love Him.