Empowering Friendship with Jesus

Empowering Friendship with Jesus


John 15:12-17 (NIV)

 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”

In our spiritual journey, we often ponder our purpose and how to grow closer to God. One powerful aspect of our faith is the divine friendship that Jesus offers us. While it might be natural to think of Jesus as our Savior, Redeemer, King, or Master, there’s something deeply empowering about viewing Him as a Friend.

Jesus’ friendship is unlike any other, as it involves intimacy and vulnerability. Real friends share their hearts, their hopes, and their fears. In the same way, Jesus invites us into an intimate relationship where we can open our souls before Him, knowing that He understands and cares for us on a profound level.

Remarkably, this friendship is closely linked to our obedience. It’s not about being slaves to His commands or rigidly following a set of rules. Instead, Jesus calls us to be His friends. He desires an authentic connection, built on love and trust. Our obedience is no longer a burden; it’s a heartfelt response to the love He showers upon us. 

This friendship with Jesus is not about perfection; it’s about connection. It’s a journey where we walk hand in hand with the Savior, sharing our joys and sorrows, and allowing Him to guide us through life. 

As we understand that friendship with Jesus doesn’t depend on who we are or what we’ve achieved, it becomes apparent that our significance is rooted in our connection with Him. This spiritual friendship empowers us to fully lean into our spiritual journey and stretch into our fullest potential.


How does the concept of friendship with Jesus change the way you perceive your significance and worth?

Reflect on a time when you felt empowered by your spiritual connection with Jesus. What impact did this friendship have on your journey?