Friends become family
John 11:3, “So the sisters sent word to Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick.’”
Jesus built great friendships with those around Him. Lazarus was recognized by his sisters as someone special to Jesus. Jesus wept at his graveside. Then He raised him from the dead. Wow.
Jesus even called those He was teaching His family if they did God’s will. He valued relationships with those around Him. He invested in those relationships with His time. He built close friendships with those who ministered with Him.
He challenges us with the statement, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Real relationships need real commitment to give each other our best. Those friendships become more than friendships, they become family. In many regards, these God friendships that become family are stronger relationships than our earthly family. These relationships provide us love, forgiveness, acceptance, help, encouragement and accountability. These are real relationships.
Do you have any God-given friends in your circle? Can you find a new friend this year? Start by making yourself friendly! Enjoy the adventure.