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Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Our scripture text provides us with the true definition of friends; Jesus Christ laid down His life for all humanity and those who accept His atoning work is considered His friend.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a friend as one attached to another by affection or esteem. Many of us will say we have friends, but can we measure the strength of that friendship is in need the person is there to give assistance or a listening ear? Proverbs 18:24 speak of friends on these terms; a man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. I was raised with this verse when being taught on what true friendship is. I have lived long enough to have and experience true friendship. 1 Samuel 18:3 is an example of true friendship. Jonathan was friend enough to tell David what his faults were and still the two remained friends.
Lastly, I was taught to choose my friends who are like-minded; in Christ all believers are likeminded--having the mind of Christ; loving all as Christ loved us all and gave His life for us.
What a friend we have in Jesus? A friend we can call anytime day or night. A friend we can tell all of our troubles to. There is no friend like Jesus Christ.
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