“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends," John 15:13.
In this verse, Jesus gives us the highest standard of what being a friend means - to lay our lives down for them. (And remember, Jesus not only said this, he actually did it!) Now...maybe in some extreme situation, we actually will literally lay our lives down for a friend, but Jesus' standard applies to our everyday lives as well.
How do we "lay our lives down for our friends" in our everyday lives? By proving our affection by giving them the most time possible? Agreeing with them even when they are wrong in order to keep the peace? People pleasing them? Making sure we text them every day?
The answer to how we lay our lives down for our friends is found a few chapters earlier in the book of John. John 13:34 says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." Did you catch that? Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
If you want to be a great friend, become more like Jesus. The greatest act of love in a friendship isn't more coffee dates, texts, or appeasing...it's leading your friends to the feet of Jesus through how we, ourselves, are living out Nothing But Jesus in our own lives.
Do you know what's beautiful about living this way? We can be the same kind of friend to our Christian and non-Christian friends. What do our Christian friends need? - Jesus. What do our non-Christian friends need? - Jesus.
As we Let it be Jesus in our friendships, know that all of our friends are receiving what they need from us - to be loved as Jesus has loved them!