You can get past a lot of difficulty in life as you do so with friends. One of the great blessings of living in another territory is all the new friends. We are so fortunate to know so many good people in Australia. We're better people because of them.
Jesus makes certain that we understand our relationship with Him enters the realm of friendship. He honours us with this preference to be friends. He's amazing and the best friend a person could have.
John 15:15 (NIV)
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.