He Called Me Friend

060[1]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)

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25 comments on “He Called Me Friend

    • Hi Rob,

      Thanks for stopping by. God is a good God. He has sent individuals into my life, when others that I counted on to be there for me, walked out. Thank you for your prayers. God bless!

      Paulette

  1. Hi Paulette,

    Truer words were never said…. We can treasure and savor these words of God, truly knowing that we really do have a real Friend in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior….. Others may get tired of us and leave us, but Jesus sticks closer than any earthly friend is able…. We might leave Him in our fickleness, but He will not leave us….. So, He will be praised by all the saints and all the angels forever and ever….. He has real power to love truly….. Thank you for putting so much in one post.

    Love,
    Margaret

    • Hi Margaret,

      You are so right. When others get tired of us and leave us, Jesus will not leave us, ever! Even if we make the mistake of leaving Him, like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son is overjoyed when his son returns home, Jesus awaits us and receives us back unto Himself! Thank you so much for the words of encouragement!

      I enjoyed your post titled, “Grow In The Grace And Knowledge Of Our Lord”.

      Blessings to you!

      Paulette

  2. Years and years (and years) ago, I used to hear my Grandma sing
    ” What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer”

    I didn’t understand what she meant. Didn’t get it until years and years (and years!) later when I found the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. And then I found out He called *me* friend. Me … with all my failures and shortcomings and disappointments and loose ends. He calls me friend!

    Thanks for the reminder, Paulette. Life sometimes teaches harsh experiences. Thankful His grace is enough. Thankful He’s known me since the dawn of time and chooses to love me anyway. What a faithful, beautiful Saviour!

    Blessings always, Paulette. May the Friend to the friendless always hold you close.

    ann

    • Hello Ann,

      As always, I enjoyed reading your comments, as much as I enjoy reading your posts. I truly am overwhelmed, that the God of all creation, and the ruler of all nations, would call me friend! I’m so grateful, that He looked beyond my faults, and saw my needs. What a mighty God we serve! Some say, “to know me is to love me.” I say, He knows me, and in spite of that, He still loves me! That is a true friend!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m always encouraged by your comments.

      Paulette

  3. Here I am. I finally made it Paulette. This is a beautiful site. Thank you Lord Jesus, for the sweet comfort of prayer. Thank you Lord Jesus, for lyrics in a song, a comforting melody.
    Most of all Lord Jesus, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice so that we can be faithful in knowing that you are there for us. I love this website Paulette. It’s one of the most beautiful
    well thought out sites I think I’ve ever seen. I pray that you will continue to be a blessing to all those who come here. In Jesus precious, glorious name. Amen

    • Hello Linda,

      I’m so glad you finally made it! When I saw that you had left a comment, it brought a huge smile to my face. Thanks so much for the prayer! Your comments were so encouraging to me, and for that I thank you! I’m humbled that you would want to subscribe to the blog. It makes me want to seek the Lord even more, for guidance!

      God bless you!

      Paulette

  4. He called ME His friend.
    What a tremendous surprise it was to me when I was shown that truth! – ME: friendless for all of my 22 years, now a Friend of God!? Impossible. Yes, impossible, but TRUE!

    More than that though, I found that Jesus had given His life for *ME*

    When I found out that God had ADOPTED into His own family as His own child my mind boggled.

    Now, 52 years later I praise Him for the absolute TRUTH of that fact. I praise Him for the REALITY of that experience.

    • Hello Angela,

      I am so humbled that Jesus would call me friend! Even though He knows everything about me, He still loves me, and chooses to be my friend!! It is quite awe inspiring, when I think about it. Bless His holy name! I’m so grateful to have Christ in my life!

      Paulette

    • Hello Theresa,

      It’s nice to meet you. Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. The fact that you were encouraged by this post, definitely encouraged me. I hope you’ll visit again. I will visit your blog, as well.

      May God bless you!

      Paulette

  5. Paulette, this post is especially meaningful to me.  Friendship means a great deal to me, and as you mentioned the rarity of true friends, I have one best friend.

    A best friend wisely rebukes his/her friend for the sake of correction, not abandonment.  I cannot respect someone who constantly rebukes me when I am not out of line.  On the other hand, I have no respect for someone who cannot rebuke me when I’m out of line.  A true friend loves me enough to say what is necessary (rebuke or compliment), but who wisely knows when to hold silent.

    The thing that you show best in your post is that both in relationship and in scripture, Jesus sets the example for friendship.  Friendship is one of the major things that drew me to Christ.

    • Todd,

      I enjoyed reading your comment. It is so, so true! As I was pondering this topic, the context of your comment was something that I thought about. True friends will give rebuke or constructive criticism, as opposed to criticizing simply to criticize, with no good intended to come from it. I also read several quotes and Scriptures, pertaining to “true” friends [rebuking their friends, for the sake of correction.] I liked what you said, and I quote again, [a true friend loves me enough to say what is necessary/rebuke or compliment.] Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

      Blessings to you!

      Paulette

  6. Hey Paulette,

    I truly enjoyed this post. It’s important to have friends, and I’m glad Jesus called me friend, because he’s the BEST FRIEND EVER!!!!!!!!! As you stated he knows all about us, he loves us unconditionally, that means flaws, issues, attitudes, and all…As I read your blog, the scripture that came to mind was “there is no shadow of turning with him”, and also the other scripture that says, “Jesus, the same, yesterday, today, and forever”. I also began to think of the importance it was in the bible that God sought for man to have relationship with one another which reminds of the commandments to”Love thy neighbor”, but he also sought for us to have relationship with him, which is very important. Unfortunately, we will only find a couple of people that we can truly call a “good friend” or “bestfriend”, as Todd said in his comment, “someone that will rebuke for the sake of correction and not abandonment”. I loved when he said that….One of the relationships that I loved in the bible, was the one between Jonathan & David(awesome)! Thanks for sharing this blog, it was truly a blessing.

    • Hey Tina,

      Wow! I could tell as I was reading your comment, that the wheels were really turning inside you as you read. Yes, He knows me, but in spite of everything that He knows, all of the mistakes, the missteps, and the “dirt” that He has on me, He still loves me UNCONDITIONALLY! The lyrics of a song by Fred Hammond came to mind: perfect and true, pure in all your ways, O Lord, there is none else like you, no one like you. And all these things, keep me in awe of you, and I’m overwhelmed that YOU would call me friend. Jesus is pure in all of His ways, yet He would call a wretch like me, friend!

      It is my relationship with the LORD, and the revelation knowledge of Himself that He reveals to me, that continues to build my faith in Him, more and more, each day!

      Thank you for your thought provoking comment. I loved the reference to the relationship between Jonathan and David!

      Tina, continue to grow in the grace and power of our Lord Jesus Christ!

      Paulette

  7. Hello Paulette my dear friend! This is a wonderful description of a friend,and I’m so glad we’re friends. Through the thick & thin,we’re friends! True friends are in it for the long haul! You got that right,we’re together for the long haul!
    Love you and I truly enjoyed the read 😀 😀

    • Thank you, Pat. True friends are certainly hard to find! You are a true and dear friend, and I’m glad the Lord allowed our paths to cross! God bless you!

      Paulette

  8. Oi Paulette,

    Isso é muito verdadeiro, Cristo é nosso amigo para todas as horas,
    na doença, na dor, ele esta presente diariamente em nossas vidas
    Deus abençoe Paulette pela mensagem e orações.

    Eu oro muito o salmo 91, para todos nós.

    • Here is the translation of Helio’s comment:

      Hi Paulette

      This is very true, Christ is our friend for all hours,
      in sickness, in pain, he is present daily in our lives
      God bless Paulette by message and prayers.

      I pray a lot Psalm 91, for all of us.
      —————————————————————————————-
      Hi Helio,

      I thank God, because He is not a fair weather friend. He is with us, through it all! He is with us through the sickness, through the pain, through our trials and our tribulations, through our brokenness, and every hurt that we endure. There is a balm in Gilead! Jesus provides healing for our bodies, as well as for our sin sick souls! Praise God!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, and for leaving a comment. It’s always nice to hear from you. May God bless you!

      Paulette

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