A FRIEND IN JESUS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY
DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : Thursday 31 July 2013
THEME : A FRIEND IN JESUS
Memorise:
Ye are my friends, if ye do
whatsoever I command you.
John 15:14
Read: 1 Samuel 20:16-17
16 So Jonathan made a covenant
with the house of David, saying,
Let the LORD even require it at the
hand of David’s enemies.
17 And Jonathan caused David to
swear again, because he loved him:
for he loved him as he loved his
own soul.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR :MATHEW
16:5-18:35 and JOB 13:17-14:6
Message
A friend is someone who you
share your heart with and who you
can trust. A friend is also a person
you like a lot. There are different
categories of friends. There is a
friend in need who is a friend
indeed. This is a friend who helps
you when you really need help.
Ideally, friendship is reciprocal and
the Bible enjoins those who have
friends to reciprocate with a
friendly attitude. Proverbs 18:24
says:
“A man that hath friends must
shew himself friendly: and there is
a friend that sticketh closer than a
brother.”
Jonathan was a friend indeed to
David. He could perceive that
David would succeed his father –
Saul as king. Although this was a
threat to his own personal
ambition of becoming the king of
Israel, nevertheless he loved David
as his own soul. Are you a friend
indeed? There are many so called
friends who will always scheme to
frustrate and destroy the destinies
of others. Such people cannot be
described as friends indeed. With
such friends, who needs enemies?
There are people who say they are
your friends but will treat you
badly. One of such persons is
Judas Iscariot the betrayer. In
Matthew 26:14-16, Judas Iscariot
sold out the Lord Jesus Christ for
thirty pieces of silver. What type of
friend are you, Jonathan or Judas
Iscariot?
Friends, no matter how sincere,
can change. There have been cases
of people who started as friends
indeed but later became betrayers.
There are also those who started
as betrayers but later became
friends indeed. The greatest issue
is not who you are presently but
who you will eventually turn out to
be. Will you turn out to be a friend
indeed or a betrayer? There are
also situations where friends who
are friends indeed disappoint. This
might not be because such people
are betrayers but because they are
human. As human beings, we have
our limitations, and there is an
extent to which the most sincere
of men can help. Who then is the
best friend indeed? Jesus! He is
the only one who will never
disappoint. He knows the worst
about you yet He loves you all the
same. He is the best friend
indeed. Since friendship should be
reciprocal, who are the friends of
Jesus? The Lord explains this in
John 15:14, He said his friends are
the ones that obey His
commandments. Have you been
doing whatever Christ commands?
Such commandments include the
injunction to live holy. Are you
living holy? Do you follow peace
with your fellow men? Everyone
who claims to be a friend of Jesus
should pay their tithes and
offerings and also witness for Him.
Are you His friend indeed?
Key Point:
The sincerity of our friendship with
Christ hinges on obedience to His
commandments.

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