John 15:14-16

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

The night before his wedding, Joseph Scriven’s fiancee drowned. Devastated, Scriven moved away from his home to escape the memory of her. He relocated to Canada where he met another lovely young woman named Eliza. Before they could marry, she got sick and passed away.

Joseph Scriven faced these and many other tragedies; however, Christ was his constant comfort. It was Scriven who penned the beautiful poem, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” He wrote, “Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.”

Jesus understands the depth of your suffering too. In John 15:15, Jesus said, “No longer do I call you slaves…but I have called you friends” (NASB). You may perceive Jesus in lofty terms as “Savior,” “King of kings,” and “Almighty,” but He also desires for you to know Him as “Friend.”

Jesus calls you His friend because He loves you. No one could see more deeply into your heart or is more faithful and trustworthy to are for your needs. He promises to comfort you.

Turn to Him to be your closest friend. You will find in Him a powerful relationship.

Lord, You are both my king and my friend, my creator and my ever-present companion. I bring to You every thought and care, just as You have called me to do.


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