I've been thinking a lot on the the nature of friendship lately. I'm very fortunate to have a few very close friends, and I think it's good to occasionally examine those relationships, just to see why things are so great, and what could be more great. Jesus told his disciples, "This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:12-13)
Really, what better litmus test is there, Christian or not? I hope I can be the kind of friend that would lay down my life for a good buddy, and put him or her before my selfish needs and desires. But is there more to it?