The Ultimate Friend

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. You are my friends if you do what I command. -John 15:12-14 NIV

Jesus could have accomplished everything He needed to do here on earth in isolation- He is complete within Himself. He chose instead to spend His time living, eating, celebrating, worshiping and mourning with friends; and He instructs in what it means to be a friend.

Good friends are a positive influence. You learn from one another, lean on one another and point each other back to Jesus. You are reminded in the verse above that true friends will even lay down their lives for the other.

On the other hand, scripture also says in 1 Corinthians 15:33 that “bad company will corrupt someone with good character.” (NIV) Too many believers make the mistake of choosing bad company thinking they are going to pull someone out of the abyss of sin and corruption, when the opposite is likely to happen if you linger long in their stay.

We all have friendly acquaintances to whom we need to show the love of Jesus, but who are your closest friends? Are they raising you up? Challenging you to be more like Jesus? Or are they pulling you down into unhealthy attitudes and bad habits?

Jesus’ choice of disciples gives us the perfect example of how important it is to share with the masses, but choose our closest confidants wisely.

Prayer Focus

  • Pray for God to give you wisdom in choosing your friendships.
  • Take time to reflect on the relationships in your life and thanking God for the positive relationships.
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