by Clella Camp
The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them." John 15:13 No greater love has any man than he will lay down his life for his friend. Do you have a friend like that? Are you that kind of friend? Laying down your life for a friend does not necessarily mean dying for them. What are you willing to give up for them?
Time is one item we don’t give enough of to our friends. I intend to call, but I get busy. I want to listen but right now I have some place to go. I know you are hurting, but I don’t want to get involved. I want to be a helper, but I don’t want to do that job. My excuses for not being the friend I should be are many and varied and rather weak most of the time.
Friends are those people who know all about you and love you anyway Friends hear what you say and know it is not what you mean. Friends show up three weeks after the funeral with plans for something to do together. Friends send you a card in the mail (not an e-mail) for no reason.
Friends laugh at your old jokes and know you cry when you are happy. Friends tell you they like your new hairstyle even when it is unbecoming. Friends tell you they miss you when you are gone.Friends share your love for Jesus.
Friends pray with you and for you. Friends never tell your secrets to other friends. Friends know you are afraid of the dark. Friends show up at the strangest times. Friends are God’s answer to loneliness. Friends do not intimidate you and don’t even try to. If a person is blessed with friends, he is truly blessed.
Friendship has different levels. An acquaintance is a friend that I know, find pleasant, and visit with them when I meet them in the Walmart. Do I love them, of course, but not as I love my friend that I play golf with or have a lunch date with.
These golf and lunch friends are ones I share cute stories about my grandchildren, funny things that have happened recently and all the latest news of town. I love these friends, but not as I love my close friends.
My close friends are the few people in this world who know all about me and love me anyway. These friends know I have faults, know I am not always the Christian woman I appear to be, nor the wife and mother that I desire to be, but they have seen me fall and get up. We are blessed if we have some of these kinds of friends. And when we reach old age and these friends are the ones who remain, we realize what true friendship really means. And I love these friends, but not as I love my best friend, Jesus. Here is a friend who surpasses all my other friends. Because of Jesus, I know how to love my earthly friends.
Consider how He loved us and how you love today? I pray we all might love like Jesus.
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