To have a real friend is a life-long experience. Sure, there are many that we can be friendly with and appreciate for various reasons. But, a real friend is one who honestly cares, keeps you in their prayers, offers to help in time of need, has the same values, joys, and purpose in life. A real friend shares their deepest thoughts, desires, and feelings. A real friend is faithful throughout one’s life, even though separated by many miles.
Jesus spoke to His disciples about His friendship with them. There He was — God Almighty come down to this earth to suffer and die for our sins — and He’s talking about their relationship of being real friends. That is, God Almighty being a real friend to the human beings He created. A part of what Jesus said is in John 15:13-16,
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you.
No longer do I call you slaves; for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.
Jesus has done all things to build a relationship — a friendship — with us. He willingly suffered and died to pay for our sins. Are we willing to suffer and die for the sake of our friendship with God? Do we show our friendship with Jesus by holding the same values, joys, and purpose that He has?
Jesus told us why He calls us friends. He said it is “Because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” In other words, Jesus has shared things with us from the very depths of His heart. One might ask, “What did He say? What did He share?” Many of the specific words Jesus shared are given to us in the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. But, in actuality, all of the Bible is God sharing the depths of His heart with us. That’s where we meet our Friend, Jesus.
When we read the Bible, God’s love for us is expressed powerfully. As God speaks to us in His word, we can see and realize the utter faithfulness of His love since the beginning of time. Then, when Jesus walked this earth, He taught everyone about how God feels about us. Jesus revealed that our heavenly Father longs for us to return to Him. Jesus demonstrated that God wants to heal us of all our sins and lead us in the everlasting way. He showed how God Almighty willingly condescended to this earth so that we might be redeemed to be His friends forever.
Are we listening to our very best Friend, Jesus? As Jesus expresses His love for us, are we even paying any attention to what He is saying to us? What kind of friend are we? Can we even be considered a real friend?
We need to work on our relationship with the dearest Friend anyone could ever hope for. We can start by listening to His word; spending time in prayer; sharing His joy, values, and purpose — just having the same kind of heart Jesus has — for His name’s sake.
Jesus has chosen us to be His friends. Now it’s time for us to go and bear fruit for Him. This is not the time to give up and let our friendship with the Lord die. Our Friend is here to help us and encourage us in the truth. Let us open our eyes and look up to Him for all our needs. He is our Friend in every need.
Walking hand in hand with our Lord, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord Jesus, thank You for being so faithful, even when we’ve been so weak. Your love never ends. Help us to be true friends to You. Make us aware of all the loving things You have done for us, so that our hearts will be enlarged towards You.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.