Five Minute Friday: friend

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you.” –John 15:12-14

So simple. So far from simple.

Love as He loves us. How does He love us? In laying down His life. God-Himself, not grasping for glory, but making himself nothing in obedience to the point of death — even death on a cross.

For us, His friends, whom He calls to do the same.

And we’re always looking for the glory in the giving up: “See me lay down my life! See me loving like Christ!” Holding our “laid-down” lives aloft: “Look at my great love!” Oh the irony.

But these are the lives for which Christ’s was laid down. And if we love at all, it is because we have been loved.

He tells us to love as we already have been loved. Our loving doesn’t earn us His friendship: we have His life laid down, making us His friends. And because we’re His friends, we can do what He commands us.


Linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday prompt, friend. Visit her site by clicking on the “friend” button.

©2017 by Stacy Crouch


4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: friend

  1. So true- it is important to remember that when we love or when we lay something down for God, it is only because he loved us first and laid down everything for us.

  2. I’ve been in the position of having to potentially lay down my life for someone…there’s really no glory involved, no feeling of nobility. It’s just what you have to do at the time, and you go to that possible fate wishing things were different.

    Obviously, I survived each incident, though not without wounds. I’d do it again; see, it’s my job.

    #1 at FMF this week.

  3. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    I know just what you mean about wanting our acts of sacrifice to be seen by others — as if that will make it seem worthwhile. But of course we do it for Jesus, because He’s loved us first. Our pastor preached last week about faith being a process of learning, not earning — and this post dovetails perfectly with that. Thanks for your encouraging post.

    Jeannie (visiting from #34 spot at FMF)

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