A loving, best friend is one who understands us, a person who knows what’s in our hearts and–for better or worse–loves us anyway.
But a loving, best friend will also tell us the truth. He or she will not lie to us about our shortcomings, but will address them in a loving way, without keeping a record of those wrongs.
Because loving is all about truth. A truthful love necessarily calls for interaction. It requires a recipient. And the recipient is offered the chance to love back.
Here is our best friend speaking:
Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will rest, for My yoke is easy and My burden light. Mt 11:28-30
Our best friend talks about yokes and burdens. He talks about those circumstances each of us will sometimes find in our life. He offers assistance. He offers refuge.
Make no mistake, our best friend knows our heart and still loves us. But as the recipient of His love, we are called to become more like Him.