I received a text late last night from an old friend. She wanted me to know that her first grandchild had just been born. My heart rejoiced with her over this wonderful news, and then I started reminiscing about our friendship and what it means to be a true friend.
This is such a beautiful verse! Pay attention to that little word?all. All times– the good, the bad, and the ugly. Look at that second phrase. A true friend is compared to a brother, a family member; someone who was born to be by your side through times of struggle and heartache; someone who will rejoice with you during life?s mountaintop moments.?
The friend who texted me last night is that kind of friend. We live hundreds of miles apart and rarely see each other, but she prays for my family and has reached out to me when I?ve faced tremendous trials.?
I love these words that Jesus said in John 15:15 & 17:
Because Jesus was God in the flesh, I should technically be considered a servant to him. Instead, he loves me and calls me his friend. Wow! I don?t deserve his friendship or his saving grace, yet he freely gives these gifts to me.?
Jesus didn’t suggest that we love others; he commanded us to do it. He puts friends in our lives for us to love on. He didn’t say that loving others is conditional, either.
In these troubling times that we are living in, it is more important than ever that we love one another and support one another. Jesus is the best example of a true friend, and I want to be more like him.
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.