Friendship is a word we often overuse in our culture. In many cases the people we describe as friends are really acquaintances with whom we share common friendly relations. We say a person is our friend when we know him only in business, or in a casual social way, when in truth we have never spent much time together. There may be nothing amiss in this wide application of the word, but it doesn't convey the true Biblical meaning of friendship. Here in John fifteen, Jesus teaches us about the requirements of genuine friendship.