A Fostering Friendship

Among God’s blessings, enjoyed by almost everyone, is the blessing of friendship. The right kind of friendship is important (Jas 4:4; 1 Cor 15:33), but there is comfort and advantage in having a friend (Prov 17:17; 18:24; Ecc 4:9-12). Friendship is conditional (Jas 2:23; John 15:14). When we meet the conditions of friendship with God, the blessings are overwhelming (Mal 3:10; Luke 6:38). What kind of friend is the Lord Jesus Christ?

1. JESUS IS DEPENDABLE

  • The promise (John 14:23)
  • The outcome (Eph 3:14-21)

2. JESUS IS NEARBY

  • When lonely (2 Tim 4:17; Phil 4:4-5)
  • When lost (Acts 17:27)

3. JESUS IS COMFORTING

• Every circumstance (Heb 2:18)

4. JESUS IS HELPING

  • Every prayer (Phil 4:11-13; Heb 13:6).

5. JESUS IS ENCOURAGING

  • Best response (John 6:1-14)

6. JESUS IS LONGSUFFERING

  • Our errors/sins (Luke 22:31-32)

7. JESUS IS PRAYING

  • Our advantage (Heb 7:25; 1 Jn 2:1)

8. JESUS IS CORRECTING

  • Total honesty (Matt 16:21-23; Prov 27:6)

9. JESUS DID DIE

  • For you (John 15:9-10, 13)

Are you moved by His love and friendship?
Will you return His love and friendship (John 15:14)?

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