message - Friendship with Jesus

 

The Good Samaritan : Luke 10:37

 

The Lord discussed the validity of friendship in one of His stories according to Luke 10 : 30 – 37. He aligned friendship to neighbourhood. The one He approved as the neighbor in that story victim, was the friendly passer-by who ended up helping him to survive.

 

 The Lord Jesus has always been the friend of all penitent and repentant persons except the hypocritical Pharisees of the past and present. He informed the disciples of that secret which will bring them into friendship with Him. He said,

 

John 15 vss 14 – 15

 

Vs 14 You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command.

 

Vs 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant does not know what his master does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made them known to you.

 

Vs 13 Greater love has no man than this that a man should lay down his life for his friends.

 

 ANALYSIS

 

Greater percentage of people are brothers and sisters, but are not friendly in relationship. So many are husbands and wives living together in same apartment, but they are not friendly. So many are employers and employees working and feeding from the same establishment, but they are not friendly to each other. This is a very common experience of this life. Unfortunately, this virus affects without distinction of who and who are believers in Christ, which means that, it is a general epidemic. A person seeks to deceive, cheat, or lie to the other, because they are not true friends indeed; though they say “I love you”.

 

 ACTS OF FRIENDSHIP

 

Friendship is a deep love flowing from the heart affectionately between two persons. This love flows from like-minded interest by mutual agreement from their spirit without written bond. This is the type of friendship the Lord ordained for us in Christ.

 

  • Friendship does not hurt
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  • Friendship does not hate
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  • Friendship keeps together
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  • Friendship understands feelings
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  • Friendship is selfless love
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  • Friendship cares.

 

Proverbs 22 vss 24 – 25

 

Vs 24 Do not make friendship with an angry man; and you should not go into relationship with a furious man.

 

Vs 25 Lest you end up learning his ways and get a snare to your soul.

 

James 4 Vs 4

 

“You adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of he world is the enemy of God”

 

ANALYSIS

 

It is difficult to find a true friend of the same heart indeed. God can bring friends together. One time the lord CALLED David a man after His heart. It was not, because David was another perfect God (1 Sam. 16 vs 1: 13 vs 14). The book of 2 Chron. 20:7 calls Abraham the friend of God forever and confirmed by James 2:23.

 

As Jesus said in John 15 vs 14, there was something Abraham shared in common with God and became His friend for ever. It was all reciprocal. Abraham submitted his life willingly to God in everything, and God reciprocated.

 

This common thing we should share with Jesus in order to become His friends, by keeping to His commandments. Before God, Christ is the mediation we share with Him (1 Tim. 2 vs 5). Christ is the peaceful access boundary to God.

 

Proverbs 17 vs 17

 

A friend loves at all time, and a brother is born for adversity.

 

Proverbs 18 vs 19

 

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like bars of a castle.

 

Christ is better than the good Samaritan. He taught friendship, because He knows what it is. He is the Lord. All the healings of Christ are coming out of His friendly heart. If we all become His friends, we shall all equally enjoy His healings and blessings. Be sure to receive your permanent miracles from Christ if only you can realize that he loves you with a friendly heart. He says “where I am, there you may be also.” As a friend, He will stay with you forever.

 

Finally, Keep swimming in his blessedness. Amen.

 

MY AGREEMENT TO RECEIVE CHRIST AS MY SAVIOUR

 

I confess to God that I am a sinner, and believing that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sin on the cross, and was raised for my justification. I do now receive and confess Him as my Lord and Saviour. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.