DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY February 11, 2022
The Best Friend You’ll Ever Have
Jesus calls His obedient followers “friends,” and He is the best friend we will ever have.
``This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. ``Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. ``You are My friends if you do what I command you. ``No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. ``You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. John 15:12-16
Many of us are familiar with the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” We all agree that the Savior is a great friend, but our understanding of this relationship is limited. Jesus’ friendship with us far transcends anything we experience on a human level. So let’s consider some of the elements of His relationship with us.
Jesus laid down His life for us. Our Savior gave the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross, which proves His faithfulness. Surely, then, Jesus is a friend who’s committed to us forever, and He will give us everything else He has promised.
We are His friends if we obey Him. Those who are saved can be His friends, because they’re the ones who obey Him in love.
He reveals to us what He is doing. Everything we need to know about Christ and His actions and ways is written for us in the Scriptures.
He chose us. We didn’t earn His friendship and we can’t lose it, because it’s based not on us but on His choice to love us.
Having Jesus as our friend means we are wanted, loved, and cared for by Him forever.
This is Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr.'s latest book on the subject of marriage. As a Pastor he has counseled many couples before, during, and after marriage so this has given him keen insight into the marital relationship. He himself has been married to the same woman for over 40 years so he has a wealth of knowledge on this subject. In this book Dr. Wesley covers that marriage comes from God, the keys to compatibility, the keys to staying in love, and even what to do if you feel you have married the wrong person. This is an excellent read if you are considering marriage in the future or even if you are currently married.