The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
This familiar aphorism is related to situations when situations of greed or warfare creates strange bedfellows. In fact, it casts confusion upon the term friend. In these scenarios, a friend is merely a relationship of convenience. Clearly, there are many definitions of friends. One of my colleagues shared with me how he categorized his friends. “I have friends who I get together to attend concerts and plays. I have other friends with whom I like to go out to dinner. And I have other friends with whom I like to travel. They are all dear to me but different friends for different activities.” I suspect many of us are similar to my colleague. How does the Bible define a friend?
I am a friend to anyone who fears you—anyone who obeys your commandments.
Psalms 119:63 (NLT)
Jesus reinforced this when He spoke to His disciples.
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
John 15:12-14 (NLT)
The difference between Christianity and other religions is the relationship that Christian believers have with their living God, Jesus Christ. The Creator of the universe is not an unreachable ethereal Being, out of touch with our everyday needs. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become His friend. It is not a relationship of convenience nor is it compartmentalized into a friendship, appropriate for some activities but not others. Jesus states that a friend is someone who would lay down their life for another. Jesus proved that He is our friend by laying down His life for us at the Cross. He died and was resurrected, conquering death that is the result of our sins. He took the initiative to reconcile the broken relationship that sin had ruptured between God and man.
There are many types of friends, but there is only one friend who is closer than a brother.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.