12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Friendship and trust and sacrifice go hand in hand. Jesus loves us and proved it by sacrificing Himself while trusting and obeying the Father’s will. We might have read this passage and thought that friendship was conditional on obedience but like we learned before, obedience is indicative of true trusting friendship.
When someone truly loves you, has your best interests at heart at all times, and asks you to do something that they believe will be good for you, you do it. My college roommate, Mike Elder, who was in church with us last night, was single. At 39 he had assumed he would never marry. A pastor friend called Mike and told him that he wanted Mike to meet a woman named Janet, a widow with two children. Mike wasn’t interested but out of respect for his friend’s genuine care for Mike, he agreed to meet Janet. Well, they met and now have been married for 17 years!
The Lord Jesus, our best friend, demonstrated by the greatest sacrifice, has things He wants us to do. Obeying Him shows Him that we consider His friendship valuable to the highest level. Thus obedience is not conditional friendship but is indicative of true friendship.
As those who are new creatures in Christ, no longer in the old self but having put on the new self, this should make total sense to us. For while it may go against earthly definitions of friends it clearly defines what it means for Christ to show His love and friendship to us and enables us to both show our friendship and love to Christ and to others in a Christ-like way.
Pray for the McClain family as Roberta’s funeral is tonight. May they know the unique peace of God in the darkest hour of their family’s history.
I read this morning in Ephesians 4:17-19 a description of the Clintons and the Trumps and all people who do not know the Savior. In that unregenerate condition we can expect nothing more than for them to ultimately act in complete sinfulness. Oh how we are praying for the salvation of those families and of all who would use their talents to seek to be leaders in our country.
Keep our upcoming revival meetings in your prayers! Plan to join us each night for a great week of spiritual feeding.
Have a great day in the Lord,