Most Christians are familiar with the hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”.
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh what peace we often forfeit,
Oh what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
We've all been told that Jesus is the most valuable friend we could have. Of course, his levels of friendship MUST have been goals, but what were the qualities that made Jesus’ relationship so valuable, desirable, and admirable? Here's what I found while looking at the scriptures
Jesus was the epitome of selflessness.
Jesus made it his life's mission to love to the best of His ability. He had an honest, genuine compassion towards people. There were instances when Jesus’ closest friends saw the strain that Jesus was under would basically say “Jesus, take a breather.” But when Jesus saw a need, He met it. He always approached people with a love mindset, even when most of us would have opted for “me time.” His loving selflessness had no restraint.
Jesus’ relationship with God was a priority.
People loved to be around Jesus, and He would get invited to a load of parties. But even with attention and popularity, Jesus made sure He got time in with God. He didn’t value people’s approval more than His Father’s. Honestly, Jesus could have stopped telling people the truth about God’s love and about who He really was, and people would probably have still liked Him. But Jesus loved serving God above ALL else, and he was willing and ready to be completely friendless just to carry out God’s mission. A true friend is one who loves God more than you.
Jesus was a diehard friend.
You will never find a more loyal friend than Jesus. When Jesus was praying one night, one of His’ disciples betrayed Him. This was Judas, a friend who had spent years with Jesus in His inner, intimate circle. Nevertheless, Judas gave His master up to die. But when Judas ambushed Jesus with Roman soldier, Jesus said, “Friend, do what you came to do.” The key word here is FRIEND. Even after Judas had betrayed Him, the one who loved him most in the world, Jesus still called Judas His friend. Despite betrayal and pain, a Godly friend will remain loyal despite anything we do.
What kind of friend are you? The kind of friend who puts herself first, or the one with a mindset of love? Is your relationship with God more valuable to you than human friendships? Are you a friend who stays true no matter what the circumstance?
As we strive to grow closer to Christ, let’s make Him our best friend! Also, let’s follow Jesus’ perfect example and be the kind of friend He was!
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.
John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
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