This truly is a beautiful verse, it quickly causes one to reflect upon what a wonderful gift Christ’s death really was. Similar sentiments are echoed in the familiar verse of John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.
God’s love is clearly demonstrated in the offering of Christ on the cross, but one must ask “is my love for Him clearly seen?”. In John 15:14 immediately following the statement about the love Christ has for His friends, Jesus states “You are my friends if you do what I command you”.
Friendship with Jesus is easier said than done. Friendship requires obeying Him, living for Him and keeping His word (John 14:23). We may claim to be friends of Jesus, but our lifestyle may say otherwise. Jesus said “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love...” (John 15:10).