The Friendship Factor
A true friend doesn’t ask anything in return.
Everyone wants to enjoy the loyalty, support and companionship of a friend. Friendship works like a two-way street. You are there for your friends, and they are there for you. But what if you get stuck with a friend who doesn’t play by the rules? What about friends who are always around when they need you, but can’t be found when you need them?
Jesus defined true friendship when He said: “Love each other in the same way that I love you” (John 15:12). There are no limits to how much energy you should put into a friendship. Ultimate friendship requires that you would be willing to sacrifice your life for your friend. You may never be asked to die for a friend, but there are many other ways you can make personal sacrifices for the benefit of your friends through your time, energy and resources.
“I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. And here is how to measure it–the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.”
By Bruce & Stan (Christianity 101)