John 19:25-27

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 When you think about friendship, what thoughts come into your mind? Let’s take this question one-step deeper. When you think about your closest friends, maybe a best friend, what thoughts come to your mind now?

A close or best friend is trustworthy; you could tell them anything and you could trust that they wouldn’t go around blabbing your secret all over town. A close friend goes out of their way for you and sacrifices their needs for yours. There is no person who showed us what true friendship is more powerfully than Jesus Christ. When Jesus was being crucified, hanging on a cross, bleeding and bruised from the beatings, he still looked beyond his circumstances and took time to minister to and care for his friends. This kind of friendship is a loving friendship that goes very deep. So deep in fact that its depth seems unattainable by any human being. Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us and, even while in the process of dying, took time to show his love to his mom and his friend (John 19). We should all follow the example of Jesus Christ and learn what it means to care for others even when caring hurts.

QUESTION 1. Write down all the attributes of a good friend.
QUESTION 2. When you think about your friendships, how do you rate yourself based on the attributes you listed for question 1?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to be the kind of friend that Jesus calls you to be; that is, being trustworthy and loving and caring for the needs of others even when it hurts.
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