Monday, May 7, 2012
The Gospel of Love Part II: True Friendship
Ancient Greek philosophers equated the word "friend" with "love". Meaning, when you called someone a friend, there was real weight to it because it was a person you deeply loved and cared about. Nowadays, a friend is simply someone whose Facebook status we like. A "true friend" has been reduced to a red notification.
But if we learn from Jesus, the best model for what it means to be a true friend, one thing that marks friendship is brutal honesty. For instance, addressing the elephant in the room which can be our sinfulness, our deception, or just simply our delusion. A real friend is willing to have that awkward conversation for the sake of love.
The Bible says that there is no greater love than laying down one's life for their friends. Today, how can we learn from Jesus' example and become a true friend? Listen in to find out.