John 15:13-14 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
No greater love has ever been shown than Jesus dying on the cross for us. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. But we are no longer enemies of Christ. We have been reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus. We were foes. We became family. Now Jesus calls us friends.
All we have to do is do what He commanded us to do. And what was that? To love each other as Christ has loved us. And how did Christ love us? By giving His all for us. Seems a little circular doesn’t it? But it starts to make sense when you add in Luke 17:33 “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” We are the most like Jesus when we give our all for others. We’re speaking His language when we love others sacrificially.
We’re the same way. We like hanging out with people who do the things we like to do. We feel comfortable around those that think and act like us. For the most part, our friends have some similar interests and we have something in common with them.
I’d like to live my life so that I hear Jesus say to me, “You’re alright. I like the way you do life. You remind me of myself. Let’s hang out. Forever!”