This is my Friend!
(James Smith, "The Pastor's Morning Visit")
"You are My friends!" John 15:14
What infinite condescension in Jesus, to call us sinful worms--His friends! But He not only calls us so--but treats us as such! And expects us as His friends--to do whatever He commands us.
Is Jesus your friend?
Then visit Him often--let Him hear your voice in prayer and praise.
Then trust Him confidently--let Him see evidence of your faith in your dependence.
Then walk with Him in love--let Him enjoy much of your company.
Then expect Him to be your Friend . . .
in sickness and health,
in poverty and plenty,
in life and in death!
If Jesus is our Friend--we can never be destitute. If our father and mother forsake us--He will take us up and take us in.
We can never be miserable--He will receive us and be a wise and loving Father unto us.
We can never be neglected, for He will never fail us nor forsake us--but will do for us all that He has promised in His Word. He will . . .
defend us from foes,
visit us in sickness, and
cheer and support us in death!
Precious Lord Jesus, You are my Friend . . .
at the judgment, and
before Your Father's face forever!
"Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved--and this is my Friend!" Song of Songs 5:16