Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you. (John 15:13-16)
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. (Jerome Cummings) A friend is a person attached to another, by feelings of affection or personal regard. A friend is someone you can count on to be there for you, in the good times and the bad times. True friends are trustworthy and faithful. You can tell your darkest secrets to a true friend, and the secrets will go no farther than that. There are also degrees of friendship. There are associates, acquaintances, good friends, and those we call best friends. In the world of technology we live in, we now have Internet friends. The interactions between friends differ, depending on the level of trust and intimacy between those friends. True friends are able to disagree, without becoming disagreeable. They look past your idiosyncrasies. A true friend loves at all times. They laugh when you laugh, hurt when you hurt, and cry when you cry. True friends are in it for the long haul! A true friend will give criticism, constructively, with the hope of being helpful. More often than not, that is the way in which it is received. Sadly to say, most who speak of their true friends, will say they can count their “true” friends on one hand. When I became ill, after a short period of time, I found out who my true friends were. The phone stopped ringing, and for the most part, all communication ceased, from many of my so-called friends. My tears were my meat. Depression was a constant state of being. An adage came to mind, which simply states, “Out of sight, out of mind.” That is exactly how I felt. In some instances, I felt like an outcast, a leper! I was hurt for a while, and loneliness became my constant companion. However, I was reminded that I have a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. I have a friend who will never leave me, nor forsake me. I have a friend who I can cast all of my cares upon, because He careth for me. I remembered the friend who suffered in my place, and willingly laid down His life for me! Also, who knows me better than my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? An excerpt from Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” God knew me, and the plans He had for my life, before I was even formed in the belly. Praise God!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. “We didn’t deserve the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior. Jesus, the lamb of God, became the ultimate sacrifice. Romans 5:6-8 says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Even when we were recidivists, and turned our backs on the Lord, He forgave us of our sins, and reconciled us back unto Himself. Though He knew everything we had done which was out of His will, the word of God says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” There’s not a friend, like the lowly Jesus: no not one, no not one. Jesus knows all about our struggles. He will guide until the day is done. There is not a friend like the lowly Jesus: no not one, no not one. The lyrics of this song, speak of the wonderful friend we have in Christ Jesus! Another song says: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer! Jesus is the best friend, and the best thing that ever happened to me! Without Him I am nothing! He is my all in all! I am so glad, that He called me friend! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!
(I am truly grateful, for the “true friends” the Lord placed in my life! Thank you all, for being my true friends. You know who you are! Love you!)
1. A friend is one who walks in, when others walk out. (Walter Winchell)
2. A friend loveth at all times. (Proverbs 17:17)
3. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friends (Proverbs 27:17)
4. To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world. (Brandi Snyder)
5. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. (Unknown)