During our lives we will have many acquaintances but very few real friends. Proverbs 18:24 states, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” A true friend is always near to render help when needed. A true friend will never leave you or desert you at a time of need.
Jesus did not send his disciples out alone. He sent them two by two. This is a strong indication that God intends for us to need the help and companionship of others.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 tells us, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.”
Friendship softens us and makes us easier to live with. God uses the presence of friends to remind us of Himself. Often the avenue of blessing begins with a friend. But beyond our earthbound friendships is the love of Christ, who is our dearest friend. Through His Spirit, we receive the gift of His friendship.
Nothing comes close to the friendship you can have with God through the Holy Spirit. In the Greek language, He is our Comforter, the One who has been instructed to come alongside us whenever we are hurting, lonely, or fearful.
Jesus told his disciples, “I will never leave you.” He meant it. The Holy Spirit is Christ living in you, your eternal source of friendship.
Joseph Scriven, an Irishman born in 1819, discovered this truth in a powerful way. The night before he was to be married, his fiancee drowned. Grieving deeply, he decided to move to Canada and begin a new life, dedicated entirely to letting the Lord use him in others’ lives. Out of this experience he penned the words to a hymn that we still sing today, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Jesus is the best friend you will ever have. Will you ask him today to be your friend?