The Best Friend You Will Ever Have

His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. (Song of Solomon 5:16 NASB)

Many of us are familiar with the popular hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." We all agree that the Savior is a great friend, but few of us have an exhaustive knowledge of the heights and depths of His friendship. Let's consider some of the elements of His relationship to us.

1. He is committed to us as a friend for life. In fact, this commitment is for more than a lifetime. It's eternal. He will never leave you or me, no matter what we do. Some of our expectations may be dashed, but the Lord Himself will never disappoint us.

2. He is open and transparent to us at all times. Jesus will show us as much about Himself as we desire to learn and are able to appreciate. He isn't going to keep from us anything about Himself that we need to know.

3. He is renewing His loving overtures on a daily basis. He knows how to meet our deepest longings, and He is sensitive to our wants as well as our needs.

4. He is an inspiring, comforting listener who will never interrupt or be quick to criticize. He attends wholeheartedly to our requests. His eyes are so lovingly fixed on us that His heart hears exactly what we are saying.

What kind of friend is Jesus? John 15:13 answers that question: "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" Because He gave Himself once for many people, we His followers can give ourselves for a few. Who in your circle of influence needs the sacrifice of your time or caring?

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