In a broken and hurting world, it’s hard to find a true friend. Acquaintances will come and go, friends will abandon us, and new connections expose their uncovered truths. Is it possible to find a true friend who will go through good times and bad times with you? The answer is YES – His name is Jesus Christ! We have a friend who will never forsake us. Hebrews 13:5
Don’t we all want a friend we can count on, someone to share our personal thoughts, to cry with, to laugh with and to love and be loved? There are friendships that last for only a season. But if you have found a friend that neither time nor distance can separate the bond you have, count it a true blessing. Diane is that kind of friend for me. I saw her last week when Tom and I attended her son’s wedding in NJ. Thirty-nine years ago, she bought me my first Bible, mentored me through the Scriptures and has been a trusted friend ever since. I thank God for her.
I love the character of Anne Shirley famously known in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book, Anne of Green Gables. Anne is always looking for a new friend as a possible kindred spirit. And don’t we all long for a soulmate, someone with similar interests or concerns who we seem to “click” with right away. A kindred spirit perhaps? Time will tell.
Unlike high maintenance human friendships, Jesus simply wants us to believe in Him and trust Him. Jesus doesn’t want servants, He desires intimate friendships. Jesus doesn’t just want our requests when we are in need. He wants regular, frequent, and open communication. He desires a deep, intimate, and lasting relationship with us. He wants us to freely receive what is offered.
How good it is to be His friend! Here are some Bible verses to remind us how thankful we should be that the God of the Universe wants to be our friend:
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. John 15:12-14
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. James 2:23
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Thank you, Lord, for calling us to be your friends.
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