Jesus Calls Us Friends

Who is a friend? Who fulfills the meaning of the word “friend” to you? For me, a friend is someone who knows all about me. A friend is an intimate and close associate. One who stands with me through a struggle; a friend is my ally, my supporter, always helpful and reliable. A friend loves me at all times. Friends are one in Spirit.

Jesus knows all about me, but is it possible for me to know all about Him? I have known Him for almost 57 years, and I have not yet learned all I desire to know of Him. The Scriptures have revealed to me that He is the Son of God, the Creator, He is holy, He is the Bread of Life, The Light of the World, The Good Shepherd, The Door, and The Vine. He is the Resurrection and The Life, The Lamb of God, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Through the years of following Him I have learned that I can trust Him for He is faithful. He is my Savior and I know that He loves me. He understands my desire to know more of Him and in Psalm 107:9 I find a comforting truth: “He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

So, how can I be His friend? He has said, “My command is this, love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:12-15)

The church is called into fellowship with each other through the blood of Christ. To share in the friendship of Jesus He commands us to love one another. We are to be like minded, being one in the Spirit and have the same purpose. His grace and love for His friends is eternal. His friendship cannot be broken off, His life is their life, His Father their Father.

I can only walk in the light that he has given me for the present. In that light I have fellowship with other followers of Him. We can learn more of Him by sharing our experiences of His grace; witnessing to His truth, not only to other believers, but to the world.

“Now we see but a poor reflection, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1Cor 13:12)

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