Hello! How are you? How has your week been? Are you beginning to enjoy the warmer weather with friends and/or family? Lately I have been thinking of friends/friendships and having a “support system” in life when life throws a curve ball and there is nothing you can do…except just “go threw” the circumstances.”Two are better than one, because they have a good return
for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls down and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)
Life definitely has its ups and downs…and it is usually during those times that we find out who are friends really are. Some people are fortunate and have what I would call “reliable back-up”. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10) But, I also know that there are many people who don’t have any form of “back up.” So the only one they can truly rely on is Jesus. “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.“ (John 15:15) Jesus has made Himself continually and eternally available to us.“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)
Once we accept Him as LORD and Savior, He not only connects with us, He abides within us and promises to never leave us nor forsake us. As our friend, He can forgive our sins when we ask to be forgiven. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20) “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14) As many of us already know, friendship comes with responsibility and sacrifice on both parts. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3;16)
I want you to know we are never alone with God and His Son, Jesus. That is the promise of His relationship with us“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:14) God is faithful to us because He loves us. Jesus is always a friend to us and because of that we will never again walk alone or be alone. His love transcends boundaries, cultures, and generations. His love and friendship is forever and He will not not rescind it. We may not want God as our friend; but, we always have a friend in Jesus.
As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that “ A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17) and that when in doubt, we always have a friend in Jesus.
In His Love,
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886
Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918
Tune: CONVERSE, Meter: 87.87 D
1. What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. 2. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer. 3. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer. Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In his arms he'll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.