You are My friends if you do what I command you.
For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.
Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
“ I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers.”
“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,
His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
“ If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “ And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.