Deep in the heart of every individual is a cry to be loved and to have a true friendship. The word “friend” has a much deeper and more significant meaning than is commonly thought of in the world. Consider what the Scriptures teach pertaining to true friendship according to the grace of God.
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). This verse teaches that a true friend, or Christian friend, loves at all times. In order to understand what the Holy Spirit is teaching, we must go to the Word to define the meaning of love. God is love. When we express the kind of attitude toward one another as in I Corinthians 13, through our Lord Jesus Christ, we enter into true friendship.
Peter appreciated Jesus’ friendship and His love even after failing the grace of God, after cursing and after denying our Lord. Jesus lovingly restored him and commissioned him to preach the first message at Pentecost (3). The Lord did not punish Peter. He loved him at all times. What a revelation of genuine love and friendship according to the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, may we be true friends just as Jesus is! “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends” (John 15:15a).