A True Friend

     Aren’t true friends a real blessing?  Friends can be a much welcomed source of comfort, help or just an enjoyable companion.  True friends are few in number.  It has been said that we are fortunate if we have two or three “true-blue” friends.  We all have been unexpectedly hurt or let down by supposed friends, fringe friends, who weren’t the true friends we thought them to be.

      Friendship problems plagued Bible persons.  Remember Job?  Three of his friends came to comfort him but ended by accusing him of not being right with God.  Of these friends Job said, “My friends scorn me…”  Job 16:20. Of course we are familiar with the most infamous unfriendly act by one’s friends – that done to Jesus Christ by of His brethren, the unbelieving Jews.

      The O.T. Prophet Zechariah spoke of the Jews’ depraved deed against their Messiah and friend, Jesus Christ.  “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thy hands?  Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”  Zechariah 13:6. Jesus will forever bear the physical scars of His crucifixion compliments of His unbelieving friends.

      Israel’s greatest friend whom they sent to the cross is now the friend of Christians.  He is our one true friend because of what He did for us on the cross.  In Luke 12:4 Jesus addressed the disciples as “my friends.”  Unquestionably that applies to Christians also.  Unlike many of our earthly friends, Christians included, Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.  (Hebrews 13:5)

      There is a qualification for being a friend of Jesus which He set.  “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”  John 15:14. That suggests that friendship varies in degree.  We all have friends that are closer than others because of the relationship. Generally the relationship that we have with another is determined by the degree to which we make that person our friend.  That falls in line with what Jesus said.

      We are as much a friend to Jesus as we love and obey Him.  He as much said that we prove our friendship to Him by our obedience to Him.  Surely we agree that some Christians love and serve Jesus more than others.  By implication Christians who love and serve Him the most are His better friends.  He doesn’t determine the level of our friendship – we do.

      JESUS IS OUR ONE TRUE FRIEND.  Agreed?  In return should we not wish to be the best friend we possibly can to Him?  Prayer:  Dear Lord, we thank you for giving to us Jesus Christ, our one true friend.  Please help us to be a true and loyal friend to Him.