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Friends, Because…

May 5, 2016

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Friends,  Because…

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.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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