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There is a Friend

'...there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.'

Proverbs 18:24

What do you look for in a friend? Is it someone you can confide in? Is it someone who you can depend upon when times are difficult? Is it someone who shares the same interests or hobbies as ourselves or is it someone who brings the best out in you. As a result are we always seeking their company?

My friends have rebuked me when I needed it. They have corrected me when I have gone wrong. They have encouraged me when I doubted. They strengthened me when I was weak. They visited me when I was in hospital. They gave when I had nothing. They pray for me continually.

What about those folk in our world without any friends? Drunkards and addicts who, when they had money in their pockets or dope to give away had numerous 'friends.’ Now however loneliness is their companion. How do we look upon such? Is it at all possible that we could end up as they are now?

There are widows and widowers whose best friend, the companion who shared the journey with them is no longer there. They face each night an empty chair where once their friend communed with them. They make for their beds each night with a heavy, aching void in their hearts.

Their are children who are bullied at school or harshly treated by unloving parents who wonder if they will ever find a friend who truly cares about them.

Many a single child would love the company of a brother or a sister to play with, but for now it is not to be.

There are also Christians who are going through very trying and difficult circumstances in their lives and they yearn for the company of someone who cares. Someone who would perhaps sit and listen to them as they tell of the awful burden they have to carry.

It is truly a gift from God is you find a Christian friend in whom you can confide in. A soul mate who will not gossip away your secrets. That indeed is a friend.

As Christians we have the Best Friend anyone could wish for. His name is Jesus Christ. The carpenter’s son from Nazareth is also God's Son. Would your friend lay down his life for you?

It happened to many during the great wars. They would not have done so for their enemies though!

This Man did!

While we were yet sinners Christ died for the ungodly. He died for those who hated Him without a cause. You and I! He died for those who saw no beauty in Him that they should desire Him. You and I! He died for those who spat in His face, mocked Him and crowned His head with thorns. You and I!

Can you see the love that this Friend has for you? His arms are outstretched on the cross at Calvary. Do you remember asking your little ones how much they loved you? What did they do? They stretched out both arms as far as they could and said, ‘this much!’

Can you see His love for you as God's wrath is poured out upon Him? For whose sins? Yours and mine!

This same Jesus no longer lies in the grave. He is risen! He has given His people certain wonderful and underserved promises of which none of us are worthy, though they have been purchased with blood.

Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. I will never leave you nor forsake you. I am with you whithersoever thou goest. As I was with Moses so I will be with you. What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Will you allow Jesus to be your Best Friend today? Your soul needs Him. Leave all your anxiety and cares behind and lean with all your heart and soul upon the finished work that your Best Friend accomplished at Calvary.

You know you can tell this Best Friend anything you like and the beautiful thing is this. He will not tell anyone else about it! He deals with your problems Himself.

It is His delight to stick close by you each step of the way. Make sure my friend that you are not pushing Him away when you need Him most! You and I need Him more today than ever we did. Thankfully He is here.

May you know His presence with you this day and always.