Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:14)
Those who do not obey the Lord Jesus are no friends of His. He may yet look upon them and be their friend by changing their hearts and forgiving their sins; but as yet they are no friends of his, for a man who does not obey Christ does not give the Saviour His proper place. He who is truly Christs friend delights to honor Him as a great King. But he who will not yield Him his sovereign rights is a traitor and not a friend. Our Lord is the head over all members. Disobedience denies to Christ the dignity of that holy Headship which is His prerogative over all the members of His mystical body and this is not the part of a true friend. It is vain to boast that you trust His cross if you do not reverence His crown.