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Jesus is…

The Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother

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SCRIPTURE READING:
Proverbs 18:24

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

SIGNIFICANCE:
The LORD JESUS CHRIST, alive forever more, calls us to abide in Him as the best companion anyone can ever have.

Dear Father, When I think about the perfect friend for me and all people, the only per-son Who can truly fill that role is Jesus. A couple of dictionary definitions of “friend” are helpful to me: (1) “a person you know well and regard with affection and trust;” (2) “an associate who provides cooperation or assistance.” I rejoice that Jesus, the Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother, far exceeds those descriptions of “friend.” I praise Him that He is Almighty God, with all Your power and love to minister as the Friend of all friends. I praise Him that He will never leave nor forsake those who trust in Him, and that nothing can separate us from His love. Hallelujah! He is completely faithful to His teaching in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” through His dying on the cross for us, protecting us, providing for us, forgiving us, teaching us, encouraging us, giving us His strength, taking our burdens upon Himself and much, much more. I love to sing part of the first verse of Joseph Scriven’s hymn, “What A Friend We 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 pray’r!” I pray that I and all the followers of the Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother will crave an intimate love relationship with Him, and will abide in the fullness of His friendship. And, please give us a deep burden to introduce all of our unsaved earthly friends to our best Friend, Jesus. In His blessed name I pray these things. Amen.

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