Wednesday, April 17, 2019

True Friend

A True friend.
John 15:15 ""No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you."

An old saying is friends come and go. Another is that many times friends are in your life for a season, then either you move on or they do. Still another says that people are in your life at a particular time for a particular purpose.

What if you had a friend that was with you your entire life? From before you were born even!
Jeremiah 1:5a ""Before I formed you in the womb I knew you". 
How often have you sat and thought about how long Jesus waited to first hear from you?  He had been patiently waiting. Although when it comes to Judgment concerning sin, He indeed Judges, He is the master of being patient.

How often do you sit and consider that He is not only the Lord Jesus Christ, but He is also the best friend you will ever have?

His friendship is so great that He was willing to face death for you. John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."

You have probably, while praying, called Him, Jesus or Lord, or some combination of the two. But have you ever referred to Him as "My Friend"?  If not, why not? If you are saved by His finished work on the cross, then truly He IS your friend.  That verse hit me recently and I realized that it felt right using that description of Jesus in my prayers. Think about it. You have earthly friends whom you sort of confide in about you, your troubles, concerns, worries, problems.  I say sort of because in all truthfulness you have NEVER fully declared everything that you have ever thought, said or done to another human being. Yet in Jesus, He already knows...and He still calls us...friends. He loves us unconditionally, wholly and completely. If you are reading His Word, He will show you things you never would have understood on your own without Him. It really is an amazing, awesome thing when God shows me something new.  I get to share it back to Him and HE loves it!

So here's your challenge. Start using that description of Him to Him in your prayers. He is a personal Savior who loves to hear from us.
King David was and is considered a friend of God. Abraham was and is considered a friend of God.  So are you.

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