I’ve noticed something over the years about people. People enjoy friendship. In fact, people crave true, lasting and deep relationship through their friendships. Are friends that difficult to find? There’s a bit of a mystery involved in finding a friend.

It’s sort of like the attraction between a man and a woman where they meet, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. What was the chemistry that drew them together in the first place? Friendship can start in the playground when children are really young and that can last an entire lifetime. Teens may meet a friend on the basketball court at school, or at the rink, or perhaps at a church youth group. There’s a connection and a bond that lasts through thick and thin and all the storms of life. Some people have difficulty finding friends and in fact, there is a high percentage of men who never find a true friend. There are lots of acquaintances and people we hang out with, but not that one true friend. Sometimes we don’t measure up to other people’s “standards” and they deem us unworthy of their friendship.

Here’s a kicker … Jesus was the only perfect human and He called us friends. He even offered this, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” So Jesus the Son of God offers true friendship and His life for all who would come and follow after Him … now that’s impressive!

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