John 15: 10 “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
Verse 12-17: “My commandment is this: Love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you, love one another.”
Jesus commands us to love one another as the only requirement to be his friend. He assures us that we are no longer his servants, instead, he tells us that it is he who chose us, he who appointed us to be not only very fruitful, but to bear the kind of fruit that endures. How great is that?
Now to further expound on this, we must understand what love according to Jesus really is. Most of us are caught up on the affectionate part of love, some of us don’t even know what love really is, but not to worry. The Apostle Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us what love is. You may remember this from a wedding you went to!
“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.
Love never gives up, and its faith, hope and patience never fail. Love is eternal.”
If we are kind, patient, generous and gentle with each other, if we find it in our hearts to forgive wrongs without keeping count, truthful, hopeful and faithful, if we are able to keep loving despite all odds including the test of time, then Jesus says that’s all he wants from us in order to be our friend.