We all need friends but what is the recipe for true friendship?
Mix a base of love and compassion , stir in some laughter and fun, add a good sprinkling of patience and perseverance and then enfold the mixture in faith and hope. It is a slow bake but worth waiting for! Good and true friendship can transform life! It can help us to be the people we were created to be and prevent us from being self-centred or losing hope. Good and true friendship can transform our world!
Jesus said to his followers, ‘I call you friends’, not because they got it right every time- after all, some ran away and another denied knowing him when he most needed them. He called them friends for the simple reason that he loved them- loved them enough to lay down his life for them. Just before he was crucified, he asked them to love one another and to show that love by serving one another- he even gave them an example- he got down on his hands and knees and washed their dirty feet!
Followers of Jesus promise to try each day to show Christ’s love to others. We are people who try and open our lives to Christ’s love so we can offer it to people we meet. We don’t always get in right – we are ‘work in progress’ and that’s why we come to Christ together in worship week by week, asking for his grace to begin each day afresh. We come together so we can support one another in this work of love.
New friends are always welcome!