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Jesus called his disciples friends. What is friendship really all about—and what does it mean to be a friend of Jesus?

Opening Activity: What’s in a friend?

Prepare various words or phrases on cards that may be used to describe good qualities in a friend. For example, kind, forgiving, generous, helpful, supportive, loving, trustworthy, dependable, funny, good listener, etc. Ask them to suggest which qualities are the least important in order to eliminate a word at a time. Repeat this until you are left with just three words. What are you left with? What sort of things do you look for in a good friend? Talk about the qualities that are left and why they think they are so important.

Jesus calls us friends
On the night before he died Jesus explained to his disciples that he had chosen them as his friends (John 15) Jesus calls us friends because he loves us. He is someone we can trust, who cares for us, shares with us, looks out for us. He is someone we can get close to and who wants to be close to us. ‘A servant does not know what his master is doing,’ said Jesus. It doesn’t mean that we are equals—because this is a different kind of friendship. We wouldn’t necessarily do everything a friend told us to do would we? Although, if they asked us to do things that were bad for us or other people they wouldn’t be very good friends! But Jesus knows what is good for us. He knows what is best for us. He wants us to be involved in his life. He wants to be involved in our life. He is interested in us. He loves us. He loves us so much that he died for us.

Being a good friend to Jesus
What kind of things do you get up to with a good friend? Look out for each other, hang out together, spend time together, be there for one another, confide in one another? All these are things that Jesus invites us to do with him. He wants us to get to know him better by:
reading the bible
spending time with him
talking to him
listening to him
discovering him in all of our friendships.

Sometimes our friends let us down –and we let our friends downs. Jesus never lets us down. He is always there for us. Are we always there for him?

What do we look for in a good friend?
Are we a good friend to others?
To what extent do we think Jesus is a friend?
How can we strengthen our friendship with Jesus?

Lord Jesus,
thank you for being our friend.
Help us to be a good friend to others
and to share your love with them. Amen.

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