When I think of the difference between the words friend and servant I consider the word peer. Servants are subservient to their masters but friends stand on equal ground with each other. It reminds me of the friendship that Abraham had with God. On the way to judge Sodom God stopped and spoke with His friend Abraham. Here is what God was thinking:
Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do ...The attitude of friendship they have is reflected in the words of Jesus here. I believe that friendship with man has always been in the heart of God. The openness of God with Abraham is the kind that He wants to have with us. Yet I wonder if we are ready for such an open friendship or if we prefer the safety of one that is not so open?
Help me Lord to keep my heart open to your friendship by keeping your command to love.