There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13 NLT
One of my favorite worship songs is “Hosanna” by Hillsong. A lyric from it has often been my prayer: “Show me how to love as You have loved me.” Jesus has given us so many examples in the gospels of how to love our friends.
First, He listened. In Luke 8:40-48 Jesus didn’t just solve the problem of the woman who had suffered with a bleeding disorder. He took time to hear her story and listened with compassion even after healing her. He personalized her healing with an affirming word. I find myself at times formulating a response in my mind instead of truly listening to a friend. I want to be more like Jesus in this.
Next, He was more concerned with giving than getting. In Mark 10:45 He states that “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” He was not above doing the dirty jobs: He washed His disciples’ feet.
Also, He was quick to forgive. Some of Jesus’ last recorded words were “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He did not hang on to an offense.
Finally, He celebrated with his friends. In Matthew 17, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James with Him to witness the Transfiguration... which was a pretty big deal! He shows us that friends are for sharing our biggest moments and enjoying them together.
Where are you at when it comes to developing close friendships? In the past two days we have looked at some key aspects of loving our friends well. Take some time to quietly sit before the Lord today and ask Him to show you one or two things that you could work on to become more like the friend Jesus was.
Grace Point Community Church
Lewis Center, Ohio
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
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