by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday January 14, 2006
Our Best Friend
Believers think of Jesus as their Savior, Lord, or master, but not often as their friend. We may have difficulty with the concept, but Jesus does not. Once we are able to grasp what kind of companion He is, we will realize that a truly joyful life is possible only through His friendship.
Jesus accepts us. Unconditional acceptance means that we can approach Him, even with our dirty sin baggage. He does not intend to leave us in our present state, but we are accepted no matter what is happening in our life.
Jesus walks through trials with us. God’s promise never to leave or forsake His people is repeated throughout Scripture (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). That promise is individualized for each believer through Jesus’ companionship. He acts as our encourager and faithful friend during dark times.
Jesus is always available. He has no need to sleep, take a dinner break, or go on vacation. Unlike humans, Jesus is never too busy to meet our needs or respond to our prayers.
Jesus listens to us. We can share doubts, tears, and joys with the Lord because He
wants to hear from believers. Whatever we say — even angry shouts — will be met with
His consistent assurance that He loves us, has a plan for us, and will rescue us if
necessary. And He goes beyond mere listening: He speaks through the Scriptures. In the Word, we will find His answer to every circumstance we face.
As the old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus!”