21st May 2015

A Friend In Need Is A friend Indeed

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one`s life for his friends.”
John.15:13 (NKJV)

You may have heard stories of the heroics of soldiers sacrificing their lives for other colleagues to save them. That is a very noble act indeed. A good friend is a big asset. We all have friends . Some are very close, with whom we can share our hopes and dreams and sorrows.

Jonathan and David were very close friends willing to die for each other (1 Samuel 18:3). Some friends stick closer than a brother, as it says in Proverbs 18:24, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” We have other examples of friendship in The Bible such as Moses to whom God spoke as a friend speaks to a friend, face to face (Exodus 33:11). And Abraham was called a friend of God:  “Are you not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham your friend forever?” (2 Chronicles 20:7)

We all have friends, but is there a friend greater than Jesus Christ? He calls us His friends in John 15:14-15, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

This reminds me of a hymn, “What a friend we have in Jesus; All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry every thing to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear; all because we do not carry every thing to God in prayer.” Yes, Jesus is a friend indeed. with whom we can share our sorrows and griefs and dreams. He invites us to Him: “Come to Me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).  Hebrews 13:5 reassures us that He will never leave us or forsake us, and this He demonstrated by giving His life, enduring the cross on our behalf (Hebrews 12:2). He is more than a friend—He is our Saviour.

We cannot find a better Friend than Jesus, who is ever ready to help us in time of need. He is the best—a friend for Eternity, who is living His life in us. We can say with Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Prayer
Our gracious, merciful Father in heaven, I want to thank You for Your Son, who is our Friend, ready to reveal all things about You. What a Friend we have in Jesus! It is through Him we have access to Your throne of grace and in His name I praise You.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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natumotiAbout the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

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Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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