There is no friend like Jesus Christ
In this world today we all need a reliable and faithful friend. Jesus is more than a friend, He is also Lord.
God does not use the word friend loosely. In 2nd Chron. 20:7 Abraham was referred to as the friend of God forever. Isa. 41:8 reads, “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.” In Gen. 18:17 it reads, “and the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that which I do?” Also James 2:23 reads, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.” Finally, a look at John 15:15 makes every believer joyful as children of Abraham by faith; it reads, “henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of the Father, I have made known unto you.” To every believer, Jesus Christ is our friend, Savior, Lord and God. That is why the lyrics of this song are really amazing and tell a whole lot about our friendship with the Lord. While we were yet sinners Jesus Christ died for us, only a friend like Jesus Christ can lay down his life for his friend.
A portion of this song will help you examine your relationship with God: What a fiend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear What a privilege to carry Ev’rything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Ev’rything to God in prayer.
Thinking about this song will make you know how great a friend we have in Jesus Christ and yet we do not call or go to him first with our needs or problems, before consulting anyone else. He has the solution to all our problems including eternal life. Even when you are despised, forsaken and cumbered with the cares of this life, always lean on the only shoulder you can trust; that of Jesus Christ. Every believer is the apple of his eyes, amen. You must be born again, filled with the Holy Spirit to be a friend to Jesus.
Isa. 49:15-16, reads, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” Also Psalms 27:10 reads, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Heb. 13:5-6, reads, “let your manner of life be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Our precious Savior is still our refuge, friend and Lord. What a friend we have in Jesus Christ, all our sins and cares to bear. Talk to him, He is our only hope.
A friend is someone you can lean on, tell anything, and accept his or her rebuke. And there is no better friend than Jesus Christ. He is a friend with full disclosure (the words of the whole Bible) of his standing in every issue. He is so compassionate, faithful, powerful and righteous in judgment. He will tell you if you are in the wrong and he weighs out his judgment justly (David counting Israel and God’s three judgment options: II Samuel 24: 12-15). I admonish you, choose good and not evil (Deut. 11:26-28). Psalms 37:5 tells us to “Commit thy way unto the Lord.” John 14:13-14- reads “If ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it.” Many men who put their confidence in God like, David (1st Sam. 30:5-8), Jehoshaphat (1st King 22:5-12), and Hezekiah (Isa. 38:1-5) to name a few, always inquired of God before taking actions. Today we have the word of God, the Holy Spirit in us to confirm in our spirit the leading of God in every matter, if we will only listen to Him. He really speaks, if we can be quiet and wait patiently, very often for the still small voice.
If we really consider ourselves Christians, children of God, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, by faith and filled with the Holy Ghost; then we should be confessing Jesus Christ as Lord, Master, Savior, King, Friend and God. Why can we not tell him all things that we need, want and desire? Remember before you ask, he already knows what you have need of. It is important to remember part of this song that says what a privilege it is to carry everything to God in prayer.” As a pastor, deacon, or brother having admiration towards a sister, even if it is outside of marriage you have done no evil. If you are in a safe room with the opposite sex and you are both attracted to each other and are ready to be intimate with one another- it is still alright. The problem is, we have a friend we can and need to tell all things before we act. Bring your momentary attractions to order, and tell him or her, “let us pray and talk the matter over with Jesus Christ.” If you are not talking it over with Jesus, then something is very wrong. Simply say, “Lord, Caroline and myself, love one another, even though she is married we just want to sleep together this one time (adultery) bless our desires in- – -Amen”. If you love the Lord and you get the confirmation in your heart by the Holy Spirit to go ahead and sin; then commit sin. If not, run for your life. The key here is whatever you are involved in commit it to God first in sincere prayer: then act as the Spirit leads you. It is only fair to commit thy ways to the Lord Jesus Christ as your faithful friend.
If you do anything without telling the Lord, then something is wrong. Even a husband and wife should commit their every sexual encounter to the Lord so it will be pure, not filled with strange thoughts, unholy acts and resentments. Remember wherever two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord, He is there. Jesus in the midst of a committed couple is the strongest human bond. It is a threefold cord because Jesus is the third cord. Always pray before you act, no matter the situation.
Remember that Jesus Christ sees every act. Learn to commit your ways to the Lord, tell Him everything, even your most vain imaginations in sincere prayer. He will not allow you to fall into sin, judgment, and separation from God. In our work with Jesus Christ we should have no secrets hidden from Him. Learn to be transparent with Him by talking things over before making any moves. Study 2nd Sam. 12:7-12. If King David had prayed to the Lord and told Him the desire to sleep with Uriah’s wife; with sincerity of heart, the outcome would have been different. Please learn to talk over all things with your friend, The Lord Jesus Christ, before you act, to avoid mistakes. The consequences could be terrible and destructive, when you do not talk to Him first. What a friend we truly have in our Lord Jesus the Christ of God.
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