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Are You a Friend of Jesus

Almost everyone agrees that one must be a friend of Jesus Christ in order to be saved. Friendship with Jesus Christ has eternal benefits! Jesus died for His friends. In His death, Jesus demonstrated the great love which He had for His friends. John 15:13 reads “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends”.

This truly is a beautiful verse, it quickly causes one to reflect upon what a wonderful gift Christʼs death really was. Similar sentiments are echoed in the familiar verse of John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.

Godʼs love is clearly demonstrated in the offering of Christ on the cross, but one must ask “is my love for Him clearly seen?”. In John 15:14 immediately following the statement about the love Christ has for His friends, Jesus states “You are my friends if you do what I command you”.

Friendship with Jesus is easier said than done. Friendship requires obeying Him, living for Him, and keeping His word (John 14:23). We may claim to be friends of Jesus, but our lifestyle may say otherwise. Jesus said “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love…” (John 15:10).

Are you a friend of Jesus?”

Father,

Thank you for allowing me to have a friendship with you.  A friendship with the Almighty Creator.  Help me today to obey you and truly be your friend.

Through Your Son’s Name,

Amen

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  1. Interesting thought is that being a friend of Jesus often lends us to uncomfortbale implications of carrying the cross. Defending my friends sometimes is uncomfortable but if I believe their character is breached I will defend it unconditionally.

    The same could be said about Jesus. Friendship is not always about taking a picture and subtitling it on Facebook as “me and my BFF”.

    Thanks for your thoughts Wes…awesome!

  2. Wesley

    September 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Robbie thanks for checking in on the blog and for sharing your thoughts. Share them more often as I know you can bring great insight to our community.

    I like the idea of friendship and defending someones character. I think few people understand what true friendship is.

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