Is He Your Friend?
John 15:12-13 KJV
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.
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 that sacrifice involves the laying down of one’s own life, as Christ laid down His life for His friends. He, whom we call, Friend, measures the water of the world in the palm of His hand and sovereignly rules all creation (Isaiah 40:12). Spoke life and substance into existence and continues to sustain all that He has created (Isaiah 48:13). His title is beyond any title ever given and His love and friendship exceeds any friendship ever known to man. Oh, what a Friend We have in Jesus!
Joseph Scriven, wrote the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” for his dear mother. He wanted this song to comfort her in a time of deep sorrow. Great tragedy touched the life of Joseph Scriven as well, 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.
Joseph found Jesus to be the Friend most needed when agonizing troubles find their way in ones life and overwhelming sorrows fill the soul. No greater friend could you possess than a Friend who is willing to lay down His life for you.
Lord, thank You that You are a Friend of sinners and the lover of my soul.