Devotional

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” – C.S. Lewis

Everybody wants friends, especially good friends. You share everything with good friends, from the good times to the bad times, to the craziest times of your life. Through all of the struggles and disagreements, you create a strong bond with a group of individuals you laugh, share secrets and celebrate life with. A friend shares, gives, lends, loves, listens and helps. The Bible reveals your ultimate best Friend who will never let you down; a Friend who will always be there for you tomorrow in spite of your imperfections and who is always willing to help in your times of need. Jesus Christ is the prime example of a friend.“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:13-14)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the King of Kings, loves you personally and desires to be your friend. He wants you to walk with Him and talk with Him and live in His presence all of your days.  This is the kind of fellowship God wants with all of us as the Bible repeatedly points out: “…he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9)  2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG) adds, “The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” 

What better friend could we have? Jesus is steadfastly loyal. He forgives our every fault. He supports and encourages us when we need it most. He is a tireless listener. Jesus loves us as a friend who wants to see us grow to our full potential. God wants only the best for us.

With Jesus as our friend, we are simply never alone. We are always cared for, tended to, desired, wanted, fought for and being rooted for. God roots for us every day. He delights our joy. He delights when we trust our circumstances, all of it, into His hands. “And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”He was even called the friend of God.”  (James 2:23)

Discussion Questions: 

  1. What does being a friend of God mean to you? 
  2. What could you do on purpose to be more of a friend of God?