John 15:13 (KJV)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Many of us know the familiar hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

We all consider our Savior a great friend—but none of us have an exhaustive knowledge of the heights, depths, breadth of His amazing friendship.

Consider just a few of the elements of Jesus’ loving relationship with you.

  1. He has committed Himself to you as a friend for life.
    In fact, this commitment last more than an earthly lifetime; it’s eternal. He will never leave you, no matter what you do. You may suffer some dashed expectations in your lifetime, but the Lord Himself will never disappoint you.
  2. He remains open and transparent to you at all times.
    Jesus will show you as much about yourself as you desire to learn and are able to appreciate. He will never keep from you anything about Himself that you need to know.
  3. He renews His loving overtures to you every day.
    He knows how to meet your deepest longings, and He remains sensitive to your wants and as well as your needs.
    Jesus is an inspiring, comforting listener who will never thoughtlessly interrupt or be quick to criticize you. He attends whole heartedly to your requests. He has so lovingly fixed His eyes on you that His heart hears exactly what you say.

What kind of friend is Jesus?

John 15:13 answers that question: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s own life for his friends.” Jesus is the kind of friend who willingly laid down His life as payment for your sins—past, present and future. Without complaint. He bore all your sorrows and suffering, while pledging never to leave you or forsake you (see John 14:18).

Jesus is the friend who sticks closer than a brother (see Prov. 18:24), the friend who walks by your side through everything.

And because Jesus gave himself once for many people, we His followers can give ourselves for a few. “He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”(2 Cor. 8:9).

 Who in your circle of influence needs the sacrifice of your time or caring?

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