Friendship takes many forms. Some friendships don’t last long, others last a lifetime. An activity or hobby may serve to connect friends, or a friendship may begin because of physical proximity. Similar or contrasting personalities may serve as a basis that bring people together.
Friendship with Jesus, however, is different from all the rest.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
John 15.14 NET
Having Jesus as a friend allows the imperfect to get close to the Perfect One. Inferior people can associate with the Master.
Such friendship qualifies as the most genuine. It leaves nothing to be desired in comparison with others. On the contrary, friendship with Jesus is superior to all others.
It’s superior because he showed perfect, profound love. And he teaches us to demonstrate the same quality of love. Self-interest and selfish conditions disappear from this friendship.
What remains is the condition of obedience that, in essence, is the principle of self-giving, following the example of Christ.