LGD 098: The Ultimate Friendship Pact

Girls Laughing and Smiling

Author’s Note: If you are looking for the podcast of today’s reading it will be posted later this week.

A day does not go by that I do not hear from someone the concern of loneliness and isolation during this pandemic. Our lives were not meant to live apart from others but together.

Girls Laughing and Smiling
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Pskov, Russia

Friendship is part of our DNA. The Coronavirus, for all of the bad, it has revealed the importance of friendship in our lives.

Today, we explore the ultimate friendship pact that we can have as friends. John writes,

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:13

Intellectually, we can say we understand what it means to lay one’s life down for a friend, but could we do it?

Years ago, I remember the story of Cassie Bernal who was a victim of the Columbine school shooting. When asked if she would denounce her faith, she said absolutely not and paid the ultimate price.

When you get to heaven, you can ask any martyr of faith if they would have changed anything about giving their life for faith, and I think you would receive the same answer – No.

Friendship exists inside and outside our families. In some cases, the bond between friends is stronger than blood.

I am reminded of the bond between David and Jonathan in the Old Testament. I can’t imagine having to go your separate ways as your father tries to hunt down your best friend.

Scripture says that wounds from a friend can be trusted. Over the years, I have been fortunate to have close friends, but I have also experienced some deep loss with friendships.

And it’s not easy…

Your heart aches for your friend, and you don’t know why the Lord allows such pain to happen.

The good news is this pain is temporal, and when we arrive in Heaven, we will be reunited. Booyah!

Ultimately, I would like to think that I have the courage to lay my life down for friends if it came to it, especially for my non-Christian friends.

I know where I am going when I die, does your friend have the same assurance?

If they are a believer – yep, they will see you there. If not, would your life be required so they could have another chance to meet Jesus and turn to Him?

Would you be willing to make that sacrifice?

Today, spend some time texting or calling a friend to tell them how much you appreciate and love them.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of friendship. Thank you for the example of David and Jonathan, as well as the many examples that exist during our time. Help me to be a great friend to those around me. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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