Best Friends

            Some people in America say that “A dog is man’s best friend.”  Why do they think that?  Dogs are thought of as friendly and loyal.  Other people say that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”  Maybe this is part of an ad for a jewelry store that wants to sell diamonds.

            I think best friends need to be people, not things, not money, not pets.  Do you agree?

            Let’s think about best friends in our experience.  Here are some questions to think about.  Please give examples.

            Do you have a few best friends or one only?

            Do you think a spouse can or should be a best friend?

            Does a best friend need to be the same sex as you?

            Does a best friend have common interests or a similar personality?

            Can a best friend be your “opposite” in some ways?

            Can a best friend live far away from you or must they be near by?

            Do you need to see or talk with them daily or weekly?  Do you know someone that you consider a best friend that you talk to only a few times a year?

            Does a best friend need to have about the same amount of money or income as you?  Or can it be different?

            List some important traits of a best friend.

            Give examples of best friends from different ages of your life.

            How do you lose a best friend?

            How do treat your best friend(s)?

 

 

We read in John 15:12-14 Jesus speaking about friends:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

You are My friends, if you do what I command you.”

 

Jesus is asking us to treat our friends the same way that Jesus treats His friends.  How does Jesus treat His friends?  How should we treat our friends?  What is different about the way we are friends with Jesus than friends with other people?