As Christi Mary Warner put it, “A true friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.”
Listen to what Jesus said:
(16) “And I will ask the FATHER, and He will give you another Advocate, Who will never leave you. (18) No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.” – John 14:16, 18 NLT
I am so thankful to know that there is one friend who will never leave me, abandon me, hurt me, or disappoint me. Too bad we can’t say the same for our human friends. There aren’t many true friends out there, but there are a lot of “good acquaintances!” I am blessed to think that I have a few true friends, although even the ones we consider true friends can – and will – hurt and disappoint us, just as I will hurt and disappoint them. My actions and my words often don’t reflect true friendship. My mouth doesn’t wait for my brain, and too often I put my needs (okay, my wants) above my friends’ needs. I am not there for them when they need me. I don’t share with my friends about the one TRUE Friend, and that, I believe, is my greatest flaw.
My prayer today is that I grow bolder when it comes to sharing my faith; when it comes to sharing the Truth about our one TRUE Friend. I pray that I will be more attuned to my friends needs, and that I will overcome, throught Christ, my lack of strength in finding a church to attend for the fellowship and friendships I know I need. I pray these things for my friends, too. Jesus Christ gave His life for His friends. He said:
(13) “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13 NLT
I agree, and I am thankful beyond words that He considers me His friend! Are you His friend?