Friday, February 15, 2013

Is He Your Friend?

Is He Your Friend?
John 15:12-15
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever 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.

A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection is known as–––a friend. I have had many acquaintances in my life time, but only a few genuine friends. If you have a true friend, you are considered most fortunate indeed. Loving a friend is the sacrificial giving of ones self for the benefit of that friend without thought of self in return. Christians are called to exemplify sacrificial giving toward one another, even if such sacrifice involves the laying down of one’s own life, as Christ laid down His life for His friends. 

I have never had a President of the United States as a personal friend nor have I had the privilege of having any Governor, Congressmen or Senator as a colleague. No diplomat or ambassador  has ever called me friend nor even a CEO of some large corporation. I don’t know any movie stars or any people of renown prestige but, I have met and possess as my friend, the Creator of the universe. This Friend of mine measures the water of the world in the palm of His hand and sovereignly rules all creation. 

Isaiah 40:12 ~ Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

My Friend spoke life and substance into existence and continues to sustain all that He has created. His title is beyond any title ever given in the aforementioned dignitaries and His love and friendship exceeds any friendship ever known to man. Oh, what a Friend I have in Jesus!  

Isaiah 48:13 ~ Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus
by Joseph Scriven

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry, Everything to God in prayer.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptation? 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 sorrow share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer.

It was said that Joseph Scriven wrote this hymn for his dear mother, to comfort her in a time of deep sorrow. He had not intended that anyone else should ever read it and later replied when asked if he had composed the hymn; “The Lord and I did it between us.” Great tragedy touched the life of Joseph Scriven when his lovely fiancee was pulled from the lake the day before their wedding in Dublin, Ireland. The second traumatic heart-ache occurred when his bride-to-be, Eliza Catherine Roche, contracted tuberculosis and died in 1860 before they could wed in America. He found Jesus to be the Friend most needed when agonizing troubles find their way in ones life and overwhelming sorrows fill the soul.

Thought: Is Christ your Friend? Have you received His forgiveness and called upon Him by faith to be your Savior? No greater friend could you possess than a Friend who is willing to lay down His life for you. The perfect sacrifice was given by the perfect Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are not His friend today, I trust you will put your faith and trust in Him who is a Friend for sinners and Lover of your soul.

Our Great Savior

Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

J. Wilbur Chapman

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