True friendship is of God. True friendship is the individualized expression of God's infinite love for His reflection, man. As an expression of divine Love, true friendship is a jewel above price to be valued greatly and cherished. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 80), "There are no greater miracles known to earth than perfection and an unbroken friendship."
It is imperative that we base friendship on the substantiality of Spirit, proving the permanency of what Christ, Truth, unfolds in our experience. Thus we see true friendship founded on divine Principle, Love, which is loving, protecting, and inspiring its idea, man. Our liberated and exalted thought accepts the sublime revelation that all are the beloved children of God, inseparable from the Father, the truest friend of all. We are then able to rejoice in knowing that peace will be established among men in proportion to the unfoldment of true friendship.
But mankind has to be educated in true friendship. That which is immortal and substantial is always of God and is gained only through the recognition that all real creation is of the one Father-Mother God. In Science the children of God are united in one blessed bond of friendship and brotherhood. When our living is in accord with the Christ, Truth, we lose the dualism of good and evil, in regard to both friends and foes. True friendship never loses sight of the immortal, the perfect, the lasting, the substantial. As the expression of divine Principle, Love, it blesses all those who come within the radiation of its love. This radiation encompasses God's creation at all times, proving that all are within the Father's love, that no one is outside of His tender care.