Categories: Minister's Corner

Do you ever look back and wonder how you got to the place where you are now?  You ponder all the roads you traveled, the many places you stopped, and the adventures along the way and you feel unbelievably blessed.  

God gives so many wonderful blessings in this life. One of the best blessings He gives are friends. Companions to share adventures and struggles with. God puts these beautiful people in our lives to help build, strengthen, and share our faith. 

The only catch to this blessing is that in order to have friends we must be friendly (Proverbs 18:24)!  We must be willing to invest in people and unselfishly seek their best interests.  When we are friendly, we experience the best from people. If we are willing to give of ourselves, we gain encouragement to succeed, support during difficult times, and a motivation to keep us from quitting. 

One of the best reasons for God giving us friends is to remind us that He is our friend.  Jesus, the Son of God, chose to be our FRIEND.  He emptied Himself, to provide for His friends.  This love should motivate us to be His friend and be a friend to all mankind.

Jesus our Friend is the reason we are blessed to be together and in this place!  

“[13] Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. [14] You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. [15] 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. [16] You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. [17] These things I command you, that you love one another.”  —  John 15:13-17