24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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.
The human element of this passage is that friendship is the result of friendliness. Those who are not friendly do not have many friends. The opposite is the point of the verse; those who treat others with friendliness will have friends. One of the byproducts of being depressed is to lose friends; this loss is because the one depressed will stop being friendly. What does it take to make a call, send a text, or meet someone for lunch? When we act in friendliness toward others, we will make friends and we will help ourselves out of our own loneliness.
The spiritual element of this passage is that Jesus Christ calls us His friends. He laid down His life showing us His love and He now wants us to be His eternal friends. Jesus is the friend who sticks closer than a brother for He is ever with us. We can make human friends who are closer than our natural brothers and sisters. Jesus in us and our lives in Him are possible because He has acted in friendliness toward us. The greatest act of friendship is to lay down your life for your friend. While we might be willing to do this for someone very close to us, Jesus laid down His life for us when we were very far from Him.
Rest assured in the friendship of the Lord Jesus. Not only did He call His disciples friends, He also proved His claim to friendship by giving up His life for His friends. When we feel alone, we are not. When we feel forsaken by our earthly friends, Jesus has not forsaken us. It is the friendship of Christ that carries us throughout this life and on into eternity. This idea of a friend with God is unique to Christianity. He loved us first and love Him in return. We do not live in fear of angering our God for He has confirmed His loving friendship to Him. Let us live in the security of knowing our Savior as our eternal friend.
Have a great day in the Lord,