“I stepped up! She’s my friend and she needed help. And if I have to, I’d pee on any one of you!”– Joey Tribbiani, Friends
Your twin, your confidant, your other half, your bestie. Your friend. I’ve had just about every type of friend. But, the truest friend I’ve ever had has been there for me my entire 19 years of life. They have been there for my worst moments. The moments I believed I couldn’t make it past my situation–the screaming match with myself and the world. The moments where I would yell and scream at him like he was nothing, and still,he loves and forgives me. They’ve been there for my happiest moments. The smooth sailing boat-steadfast against the current moments. Those are the ones that make you believe you don’t need this friend at all. The friend whose undoubtingly been there though it all, his name is Jesus. Now I know some of you will read that sentence and automatically click out of this blog, but I encourage you to take the time and read this.
Now, I said the truest friend I’ve ever had is Jesus. That doesn’t mean all my other 3 friends (lol) mean nothing to me. I love my friends with everything I have in me and I couldn’t ask for better. What I mean is that Jesus is a friend that can give you what us earthly pleasing humans cannot. The Lord Jesus Christ gave us the definition of a true friend: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:13-15).Jesus is the purest example of a true friend, for He laid down His life for us as His children–and as His friends. Now I know this is a bit extreme, but out of the 20 friends some of you may have I can bet you only one of them would truly give their life for yours.
When life is crumbling and the dust from the fall is filling up your lungs, you look down to see the concrete is broken at your feet. 9 out of 10 times, you’ll pick up the phone and call your bestie. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, we often forget to let it all out to GOD. The one with the answers, the one who understands and forgives us. Who asks for nothing in return but our love and cooperation. Why do we not turn to him? Because, I promise you, you’ll find way better answers by pouring your heart out to Jesus and getting lost in the bible, rather than ranting to your 19 year old friend who is probably going though the same things as you. Even so, as much as we have our worst moments, we have some of our best too. And guess what, Jesus stays through those as well. Even though, when we’re at our best we like to think that we don’t need to pray, or go to church, or read our bible. Jesus, he stays. When you have a bad week and don’t talk to your friends, do they make an effort to reach out to you, do they still love you? Or do they second guess the friendship and the bond you share over a small amount of silence? Jesus doesn’t. Despite every wrong doing, month long hiatuses from His word, or screaming matches with Him, He still loves you. He will still be your friend.
Although we know that Jesus is our friend, can we say that we are His friends? Do we listen to Him? Or do we only want Him to listen to us? Do we want to know what’s on His heart? Or do we only want to tell Him what’s on ours? To be a friend of Jesus, we need to listen to what He wants us to know and then use the information to bring others into friendship with Him. This fits in with the narrative that Jesus still loves us despite our wrongdoings. He is a constant good friend to us, even when we aren’t good friends to Him. Work on this, be a better friend to Jesus. Grow to be more like him and less like the world. Transform yourself into the kind of friend that Jesus is to us, and sprinkle that over your own worldly friendships as well.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5
All this being said keep in mind what a friendship with God entails and how strong his love for us is:
- God’s love is steadfast and unchanging
- God’s love comforts us
- God’s love is revealed to us through Jesus Christ
- God’s love is poured into us through the Holy Spirit
- God’s love compells us to love one another
-Asheritah Ciuciu (Bullet Points)
The reality of God’s love surrounds us day by day. He is our closest confidant. And the keeper of our deepest thoughts and secrets. Jesus is the truest friend you’ll ever have.