Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
I am blessed to have good friends. We may not be “close,” in the sense of spending lots of time together. But we have a confidence in our relationships when, in spite of the time apart, we can count on each other for prayer, support, companionship and plain ol’ fun! While I thank God for these precious relationships, I am most thankful for the friend I 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! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” ~ Joseph Scriven / Hymn: What a Friend We Have in Jesus.
When I consider all the things a perfect friend is, I can think of no one more perfect than Jesus. He loved me when I was His enemy (Rom 5:10). He paid the ultimate price for the penalty I owed for all my sins (Col 2:14). He never leaves me (Matt 28:10). He never forsakes me (Heb 13:4). He is interceding for me (John 17). He hears me (Ps 145:9). He protects me (1 John 5:18). He provides for my every need (Matt 6:30). I could go on and on to list all He is and all He does and still my words would fall short and the pages would exceed in number… Truly, what a privilege to have a friend in Jesus! What else is there to do but to respond with all our hearts in obedience to His word and praise His name: JESUS!
John 15:13–15 Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. 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.