Friends are awesome, right? Who doesn’t love being around people they just love to hang out with? When it comes to friends, we all probably have a long list of traits we want them to have. Honest, trustworthy, supportive, fun, hilarious, kind, loyal—the best friends in our lives probably have most of these qualities. That’s probably why, when our friends do things that don’t reflect the characteristics we value, it really hurts our feelings. And when that happens, we start to wonder if it’s even possible to find a good friend. It’s easy focus on the ways our friends let us down, but have you ever stopped to consider how you may be letting your friends down in the same way? Maybe part of the reason we have a hard time having good friends is because we have a hard time actually being good friends. The good news is we have the power to change our friendships simply by choosing to treat our friends differently. Not sure where to start? We have the best example of friendship in the Bible—Jesus! And as we look at the way He treated His friends, we’ll find that friendship is less about what our friends can do for us and more about what we do for them.
Reconnect with each other, share a high and a low from the past week.
Talk about a time when a friend had your back.
Today we said that we all want to be known. Do you agree with that? Why or why not?
What are some ways that friends hurt or disappoint each other?
John 13:3-6 New International Version (NIV)
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
John 13:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
If we don’t serve our friends, what are we missing out on?
How can serving your friends change the way your whole circle treats each other?
After washing His friends’ feet, Jesus said, I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you (John 13:15 NIV). What’s one way you can follow His example and serve your friends in an unexpected way?
Who is one friend you could get to know better this week by asking good questions and listening to the answers?
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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