No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Jesus called His disciples friends. I want to be a friend of Jesus.
Job called his friends, “false friends.” proverbs says there are friends that stick closer than brothers. Proverbs also says some friends bail when adversity comes. One of Jesus’s friends, Judas, betrayed Him for money.
Real friends encourage when life is tough. Real friends pray and help in times of need. Real friends endure the ups and downs of life. Real friends forgive offenses, slights, and stupid words quickly and unconditionally. Real friends are loyal and faithful. Real friends are patient and tolerate differences of opinion. Real friends can have an argument and recover quickly. Most people don’t have real friends, they just have friends, acquaintances.
The only way to have real friends is to be a real friend. A person becomes a real friend by choosing to be, by a commitment to be a real friend. The way things are going we will soon be a friendless culture. COVID, masks, vaccines, and elections have thinned the number of friends most people have down to zero.
Next to my family my friends are a great treasure in my life, a gift from God, that makes living life in the midst of pandemics, political chaos, financial uncertainty, and totally unpredictable tomorrow’s very doable.