I have called you friends,
For all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
One reason is that it reminds me it is important to pay attention to my heart’s desire for friendship. It is important because this desire is made by God, and it is made for God. God has made me for friendship with him. God has made you for friendship with him. That friendship comes through Jesus, who is God of very God, who has come to reveal the Father to us. The friendship also comes through Jesus' closest friends, the disciples, whom Jesus taught first hand who God is and what he is doing in Jesus. We become friends with God by learning from Jesus' closest friends, who Jesus really is.
Another reason this is remarkable, is that it shows the importance I should place on being a good friend to others. We are not made to live isolated lives. We not only need family, but we also need to become true friends with others. I have a long way to grow in being a true and good friend, but I know where to start. It starts with learning what God has done to bring me back into friendship with himself.