We Have a Friend Forever
As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and in His love. I have spoken these things to you first so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my command: love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. This is what I command you: love one another. John 15:9-17
When the way, truth, and life of Jesus resides within us then everything is well and nothing seems difficult, but when we refuse the way, truth and life of Jesus everything is hard! When Jesus is within us, even one solitary word whispered within our heart brings comfort into our life.
Consider the joy we felt when we first heard the words of Jesus calling for us to come and follow him. It is truly a happy, memorable moment whenever the words of Jesus call us from tears to spiritual joy! In contrast, without him, we became dry and hard! Without him, we became foolish and arrogant!
Not having a relationship with Jesus is a greater loss than if we should lose the whole world. What can this temporal world offer us that can ever replace the message that connects us to our eternal Lord and Savior? Life without God is HELL; life with God is HEAVEN. If the way, truth and life of Jesus is with us, what enemy can harm us? The one who finds the good treasure that Jesus reveals discovers the good that is above all good which defines good!
The one who loses what Jesus offers us loses much – yes, more than the whole world! The poorest person is the one who lives without Jesus, and the richest person is the one who is in favor with Jesus, because that person also pleases God. When we become a friend of Jesus, we become a friend and adopted child of God, an heir of his abundant blessings and care – heaven becomes our home, because we are welcomed by our friend, Jesus. He has promised that he has prepared for our new residence with God, and that he will reside with us in this life as our friend. This is a friendship that will protect and provide for us, because he has already demonstrated his love for us so that we may enjoy the abundant joy of his friendship now and forever.
My daily prayer: Lord Jesus, I welcome your eternal friendship and desire with all my heart, soul, mind and spirit to live according to your commands by relying upon your Spirit to guide and direct my life. In this world we all have a choice, and I have felt the life of conflict that can exist between living in obedience to you and trying to please God while also seeking to fulfill the desires of the flesh and the world’s influence upon me. I have repented since I realize such a conflict cannot survive within me. Either you remain without conflict, or the world reigns within me without conflict. I choose you and the life you offer me in the Spirit, which pleases God. All I have done is experience the trials and tribulation that comes from competing in this selfish world to try and satisfy what can never be satisfied by this world. You alone – your love, your friendship – satisfy and sanctify my life. You alone remove conflict and chaos from my life. You alone are steadfast as my friend – and you have paid the price that no other friend or brother is willing to give. Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me and not giving up on me. Use me as your servant to draw my family and friends into the same relationship that I have with you. And, may the Father be pleased. Amen
For additional reading: John 11:28; 14:1-6; Matthew 13:44; 16:26; Psalm 27:1; 28:7; Luke 12:21; Romans 8:4-9