In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis has a chapter titled “Friendship.” In it he argues for the value of friendship. In today’s Facebook culture, the word friend has been deflated and somewhat trivialized. Lewis writes this about the valuable the love of a friend is:
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
Isn’t this so true? It can be a good meal, a new movie or hard times, a friend makes all those things infinitely better.
I think what makes the love of a friend so special is that one can completely be him or herself with a friend. Lewis contrasts the friendship love verses a romantic love in this way:
“Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.”
Now can you imagine the God of this world calling us His friends (John 15:13-14)! What a humbling thought that I can call Jesus my friend. We can go to him as we are. Let me encourage you to deepen your friendship with the Lord and learn to enjoy Him.