What a Friend We Have in Jesus

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:13-15 ESV).
Do you have a real friend? Don’t answer too quickly, for I am not talking about a social acquaintance. Do you have someone with whom you can be yourself, someone you know will always be there for you? Outside of our immediate family, someone like this is very rare. You are blessed if you have one or two real friends.
All Christians, however, have the blessing of the greatest friend imaginable. Jesus, the Son of God, has called us to be His friends. This friendship is not empty talk; Jesus has proven Himself to be our friend when He took our place in His death on the cross.
One of the attributes of a true friend is a willingness to tell us what we need to hear, not just what we want to hear. Jesus wants us to be blessed. He wants our lives to be rich and full and complete. For this reason, Jesus calls us to obey the will of God. It is in this relationship of trusting obedience that we are friends to Jesus. On our side, as well, friendship must be more than empty talk; it must prove itself in practice.
It is in obedience to the will of God, in penitent faith, that we come into a relationship with the Lord. This friendship means, come what may, we always have Someone who knows us, loves us, and will always be there for us. Jesus is our friend.

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