7th May 2021
Psalms 57:8-9, 10, 12 John 15:12-17
Dear Christians, no one can live as island, we all need friends. Turning to the Gospel, we see how Jesus calls his disciples friends, “I shall not call you servants anymore; I call you friends.” He chose to befriend them just as he chose each of us. Again, He says: “You are my friends, if you do what I command you.” What does it mean to be a friend of God? Friendship with God certainly entails a loving relationship which goes beyond mere duty and obedience; love must be the guide. Jesus’ discourse on friendship and brotherly love echoes the words of Proverbs: “A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity,” (Prov. 17:17).
Like love, today friendship is easily misrepresented by us. But we need to understand that the friendship required is more than convenience, mutual tolerance or mutual utility. Friends not only share love, they share secrets and intimate knowledge. Friendship implies an intimate sharing of goods. It involves familiarity and ease in mutual dealings. A friend is one who warns you.
Spiritually, a good friend is the presence of God. God is present in our hearts as a good friend through our good friends. To remain in his friendship we must love one another as he has loved us, befriending others as he has befriended us. We can maintain a conversation and dialogue with Him as we go about our tasks for the day through ejaculatory prayers such as; Jesus I love you!
Our friendship with Jesus should be extended to others. The question is, how can I maintain good friendship with others?
First be aware of their likes and dislikes.
Remember friend’s birthdays and anniversaries.
Take interest in and cultivate healthy relationships with your friend’s children.
Become need sensitive
Keep in touch by phone.
Express what you like about your relationship with another person.
Serve your friends in thoughtful, unexpected ways.
Let us pray that Our Heavenly Father may grant us the Grace to live in love and for love. Amen.