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marbella3 65F
2283 posts
4/15/2019 5:18 am

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4/15/2019 7:33 am

The Marks of Friendship

Bible in a Year:

1 Samuel 27–29; Luke :1–22
You are my friends if you do what I command.

John :

John :9–
As a little growing up in , I enjoyed holding my father’s hand and walking with him in crowded places. He was both my father and my friend, for holding hands in my culture is a mark of true friendship. Walking along, we would talk about a variety of subjects. Whenever I felt lonely, I found consolation with my father. How I valued our companionship!

The Lord Jesus called His followers friends, and He showed them the marks of His friendship. “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you,” He said (John :9), even laying down His life for them (v. ). He showed them His kingdom business (v. ). He taught them everything God had given Him (v. ). And He gave them opportunity to share in His mission (v. ).

As our Companion for life, Jesus walks with us. He listens to our heartaches and our desires. When we’re lonely and downhearted, our Friend Jesus keeps company with us.

And our companionship with Jesus is tighter when we love each other and obey His commands (vv. , ). As we obey His commands, we will bear “fruit that will last” (v. ).

Walking through the crowded alleys and dangerous roadways of our troubled world, we can count on the Lord’s companionship. It’s a mark of His friendship.

Today's Reflection
What does it mean for you to be a friend of Jesus? How has He revealed His presence to you?

MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
4/15/2019 6:30 am

There is not space enough to recount the times that He has made His presence known to me, but I thank Him for each and every one of them. It is often in times of need, but also just those quiet times of reflection, or when enjoying the beauties of nature.

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.