“You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:14)
Have you ever met someone who makes it easy to be his or her friend? Someone, you might imagine, who not only seeks your friendship, but then, in a sort of wonderful, strange way, keeps working to make you a good friend?
It’s the friend who takes you out for her birthday as well as yours; the friend who, when you’re sure you’ve said something wrong, calls you and chit-chats in a way that lets you know all is well; the friend who asks for what he needs, and doesn’t wait for you to offer; the friend who’s ready with a relieving joke when you feel stupid or ashamed—in short, the friend who makes you a friend by being your friend.
That friend is your Lord. He came to earth to gain friends, lovers of the kingdom, and yet He did not play the hard-to-get, fickle friend. What He demanded He also provided: His words, His commands, His gifts—these things blaze the path of friendship with Jesus, making you His friend by being your friend.
LET US PRAY: Thank You, good Friend, for being the Lover of my soul, the good friend who I cannot be. By Your friendly Spirit, teach me to love as You have first loved me, and thus keep Your commandments to the end. Amen
Pastor Steven K. Gjerde