John 15:9-17 reminds me that I am not a servant or slave to a capricious God who moves me around like a puppet. I am not in the dark about God’s purposes in my life.
I am a friend of God. Jesus reminds me, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
I think it is amazing that He lays His life down for me and calls me a friend.