In honor of Friendship Day (being celebrated today), Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s ambassador. Those familiar with the famous red-shirted teddy bear know that the collection of Pooh stories highlight the friendships Winnie has with a group of good friends: Piglet, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Eeyore. The group experienced many fun and challenging adventures together. On friendship, Winnie once said: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”

Solomon put himself in the shoes of a man who lacked companions and wrote on the importance and value of true friendship: “Two people are better off than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9). His reasons? Friends help you succeed (Ecclesiastes 4:9), care for you when you fall (Ecclesiastes 4:10), keep you company when you’re lonely (Ecclesiastes 4:11), and protect you when you’re in danger (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

A friend is someone who shares the joy of your triumphs and the pain of your troubles (Ecclesiastes 4:9). A friend lifts you up when you stumble on life’s rocky roads (Ecclesiastes 4:10). A friend walks with you through the dark valleys (Ecclesiastes 4:11). A friend stands with you to help you face life’s challenges (Ecclesiastes 4:12). “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17 NIV).

Talking about the love that exists between good friends, Jesus once said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). And Jesus proved this friendship for us (Romans 5:6-8).

In Jesus, we have an amazing Friend. But there’s a condition that we need to solemnly consider: He said, “You are My friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14). What kind of a friend are you to Him?

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Luke 12:49-59