Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "The King Of Love My Shepherd Is"1 (Lyrics)
Proverbs 18:24b – But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (ESV)
John 15:15 – No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (ESV)
Although there is truly nothing better than a holiday, round about the end of the holiday, I really start to miss my friends. Why do we need friends? God made as social creatures. We need to feel unity with each other and gather support from each other. Jesus Himself picked twelve people whom He called friends. Jesus didn't need them to accomplish His work — twelve mere human beings — but Jesus chose to work with them because He knew the true value of Christian friendship.
Ultimately though, our friends are just as human as we are — they fail and falter and have their own issues. But Jesus is the true friend. He does not fail us; He will always listen to us; He has the power to help us out of any situation we end up in. He provides us with a shoulder to cry on, a hand to help us up, and a never-ending source of forgiveness.
Jesus knows that we will fail Him and let Him down, but He still loves us, and He still wants to be our friend. If we have such a friendship, then let's make the most of it: let us keep close to Him, pray to Him, thank Him, and enjoy Him. If you don't know Jesus as your friend but you want to, just ask Him — He won't say no. He is waiting for you to ask Him.
"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." – Bernard Meltzer
Although silly, this quotation is true about Jesus. He knows us for what we really are. He sees what we try to hide, but He still loves us and wants to be our friend.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for being the best friend that we can ever know. We ask that You will enable us to be friends to those who are friendless and love those who don't know love. Forgive us our sins, Lord. We love You. In Jesus' name and for His sake, we pray. Amen.