I’ve been watching my younger brother grow up. Everyone in his kindergarten class was a “friend” when he was there. You’d name all of his classmates, and he’d confidently respond, “Yes, they are my friends.” As time went by, the term “he’s my friend” became overwhelmed by the phrase “I sit with this person in class.” Fast forward a few years, and he now says no, X is not my friend because of 1 2 3 and Y is my friend, and he explains why.

I have come to realize that as we get older, our friendship groups become fewer. Thanks to a variety of interests, clothing styles, and drama! These relationships change for a variety of reasons, to name a few. Most people can only name a few people as “friends” by the time they reach their twenties.

I once conducted a survey to determine what people consider to be a friend, and the results were not very comparable. Others seek someone they can trust, while others seek someone they can rely on; nonetheless, most individuals define a friend as someone with whom they can grow. Someone you can count on to call you off when you deserve to.

But what does the Bible have to say about friendship? Let’s think of Jesus as the best buddy someone could have. Being a friend entails unconditional compassion for others, especially when they are hurting; in a friendship, you serve others and put your self-centeredness aside.

John 15:12-14 “This is my command: love each other as I have loved you. 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.”

Let’s start small: die to self for them. Laying your life down for someone does not always mean taking a bullet for them. Give someone your belongings so they can utilize when they need them 🙂

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