Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (John 15:13-15)
Today's Morsel: What would classify as a true friend? Would you say it is someone who calls to check on you to ensure that you are doing okay? Would you say that it is someone who lets you have the last piece of cake? Would you say it's someone that is willing to die for you? In each of these cases, Jesus fits the category. He checks in on us every day. You may ask how. As soon as the light of morning arises, He's check on us. He feeds us with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle. And He was willing to die for us. That's what a true friend will do for you. Would you do the same for Him? Solomon said, " A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17). Some people are part time friends. When things are going good, they will be with you. But as soon as you correct them for wrong doing, or something that they know that they shouldn't have done, they leave you. Again, Solomon tells us, "Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful" (Proverbs 27:5-6). If someone who says they are your friend is willing to correct you when they see you doing something wrong or something that makes you a bad witness for Jesus before others, it may hurt but you better keep them around because they are few and far between. Solomon said, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend."
Sing: 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.