From The Pas†or      
                  ‘Jesus, The Friend that Sticketh Closer Than A Brother’
One of the most important things we can have in our life is a good friend. It has been said if you have just one true friend in your life, consider your self rich. Two things that are likely to have great influence on our life will be the books we read and the friends we make.” We need to choose both of them wisely. That was the consensus before all this ‘Facebook’ business, that changed the meaning of what we used call “friends”. There you can find any kind of friend you want. One thing most people would agree on is that the best friend anyone could have is the Lord Jesus Christ
We talk about Jesus as our best friend He sticks closer than a brother
but never hear anything about how good a friend we are, to Jesus.
Christians need to be careful to call Jesus our friend. Just as we must earn others friendship, we have to earn the right to call Jesus our friend.
You need to realize that Jesus is not automatically everyone friend. The Bible teaches that by nature we’re all God’s enemies because He is Holy and we all have sinned; and you do not want God as your enemy. Friends of Jesus love one another, obey His commandments, understand His truths, and are chosen to bear fruit that remains. Below are listed four traits of those whom Jesus calls His friends. Read them, ask yourself the question, “Would Jesus call me His friend?” (John 15:10 ) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
  1. Friends of Jesus love one another just as He loved us (John 15:16-17
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
2. Friends of Jesus obey His commandments (John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. “
3. Friends of Jesus understand the truths that He made known to us from the Father (John 15:15: “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
4. Friends of Jesus are chosen by Him to bear fruit that remains as they depend upon Him through prayer (John 15:16: “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
John 15:12-13 (12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus laid down His life for us!
Pas†or Brinson 04-30 ©2017

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