Jesus Our Friend

Cecil Martens

READ : John 15:9-17

Love binds people together. True love, like true friendship, is unselfish, always seeking the good of the other person. The proverb says, “A friend loves at all times” (17:17). If the worth of a friend is determined by that person’s love, bringing the best out of us, doing the best for us, then our greatest friend must be Jesus. He loves us with an infinite love. He once said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). That reminds us of Jesus’ death for us. Jesus added, “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants . . . I have called you friends” (John 15:14-15). What an honor! Let’s look to him daily as our Friend.

During World War I a soldier in battle saw his friend wounded. He asked his officer if he could go out and bring him in. No! The soldier disobeyed his superior and went out of his trench to get his friend. He managed to bring him back but was mortally wounded as he staggered back. The officer was angry and shouted, “I told you not to go. Now I have lost two good men!” But with his dying breath, he said, “But it was worth it, sir, because when I got to him, he said, ‘Jim, I knew you’d come.’”

PRAYER

Lord, make me worthy of your friendship. By your Spirit make me a good friend to those in need of such a friend. Amen.