“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all 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 should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.”
Thought for the Day: God loves us enough to send friends who we can hug and who we can lean on.
We called and they came! Twenty-years ago, we called as we moved me from my home near Memphis to our new home in Dyersburg and they came! One year ago, when we needed help packing things in our house in Collierville before we moved to Dacula, we called and they came….and stayed for a week. There are some friends who you know before you call, will drop everything and come whenever you are in need. They are our friends Jimmy and Becky. They have been my husband’s friends for many years and mine since I married in to “their family”, well at least their family of friends. Their son, John, is a precious young man who loves our family in a special way and we love him, and I am so proud that our children have grown into such friends. As we drove into their driveway yesterday afternoon, such joy filled our hearts. We had not seen them in so long and had missed the wonderful conversations we always seemed to have. We picked up where we left off and enjoyed our time together. God placed these God loving friends in our lives and placed them to “Be God” to everyone in whom they share time. And they do it well.
This morning I reflect on these friends, and others, and easily see where they have been “Jesus” to us. They live to love Christ and that love comes through doing for others and loving others. This morning, I awaken feeling “filled with Jesus” because we spent that time with Him yesterday through these precious friends. How can I “fill someone with Jesus” as I walk and talk today?
Prayer: Our Father, thank you for the friends You have placed in our lives to be there in good times and bad. They are our family, and they are Jesus, to us. Be with us and teach us better how to serve others where we can be more like You. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Friends