Friends, If….


What makes a friend? How would you define “friend”?  Urban Dictionary defines “friend” as, “someone you love and who loves you, someone you respect and who respects you, someone whom you trust and who trusts you. A friend is honest and makes you want to be honest, too. A friend is loyal.” Merrian-Webster defines “friend” as, “one attached to another by affection or esteem.” Jesus defines friend in John 15:14 this way. “You are My FRIENDS if you do what I command you.” Jesus’s definition cuts through any pretense. It’s not what we say or sing. It’s what we do that demonstrates if we love, respect, and trust Jesus. Has Jesus earned our respect? Most certainly.  Does Jesus deserve our love? Without a doubt.  Do we trust Jesus? That question is answered by our actions of obedience or disobedience to Him.  

Jesus Christ, wonderful Lord, Savior, and FRIEND, may we show You that You are our friend by obeying what You tell us to do. 

Culture Shaper Tip: Do something Jesus tells you to do today even if it’s not comfortable or your natural inclination.

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“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My FRIENDS if you do what what I command you.”

John 15:13-14

As we celebrate Resurrection Day, Jesus’s words are especially significant. Our Lord and Savior pointed out that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for their friend. He did that for us. He proved to us that He is our friend. Now, we can prove to Him that we are His friend. How? By doing what He commands us.

Jesus Christ, all praise to You, wonderful Lord, Savior, and FRIEND. Thank You for laying down Your life for us. Help us demonstrate our friendship and love for You by doing what You command us. 

Resurrection Day blessings, friends!