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Selena Gomez Receives New Kidney from Her Best Friend

The pop star Selena Gomez was shockingly quiet this summer (2017), especially for someone enjoying several chart topping hits. There were no tours, no television guest-spots, no radio interviews. And then in the fall of 2017, we found out why. Gomez was recovering from a kidney transplant. Gomez released the news via an Instagram post in a shout out to her friend Francia Raisa who had donated her own kidney for the lifesaving procedure.

Raisa, known for her role as Adrian Lee on the TV series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," kept the whole affair secret. She quietly had herself tested, prepared for the operation, told her family and friends that she was donating a kidney. All while never mentioning the recipient was her pop star acquaintance. She wasn't doing it for fame, she was doing it for friendship.

A popular TV commentator described the gesture as "the power of a loving and selfless friendship." A demonstration of selfless love is a breathtaking performance. It draws the applause of all who see it. Largely because of its rarity. Gomez wrote of this kind of love in her last album. In a song titled "Same Old Love" she laments:

I'm so sick of that same old love, feels like I've blown apart.
I'm so sick of that same old love, the kind that breaks your heart.
That same old love.
That same old love

Possible Preaching Angles: Sacrificial love; God, Love of—The world is hungry for more than "that same old love." We need the real love of the gospel.

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