It was an unforgettable sight that burned its image into my brain. TheÂ place was in the city of Philadelphia,Â which means â€˜Brotherly Love.â€™ HeÂ was tall, gaunt, unshaven, and hisÂ whole body was literally wrappedÂ in rags. That same morning, I hadÂ viewed homeless people sleeping onÂ top of sewer gratings, in an effort toÂ keep warm during the chilly hours ofÂ the night. They had no friends, evenÂ though they were living in the city ofÂ Brotherly Love. I lifted my heart to GodÂ and thanked Him for my True Friend.
I personally value friends. HowÂ often they have given me good advice,Â comforted me, and helped me inÂ trying times. But we are all human,Â and sometimes friendships can turnÂ sour. However, there is One that IÂ would like to introduce to you that isÂ the most unique Friend any personÂ could ever have. He is â€œa friend thatÂ sticketh closer than a brotherâ€ (ProverbsÂ 18:24). That Friend is the Lord JesusÂ Christ, who came from Heaven to aÂ world steeped in sin and darkness,Â and â€œbeing found in fashion as a man, HeÂ humbled Himself, and became obedientÂ unto death, even the death of the crossâ€Â (Philippians 2:8). Through His deathÂ we can obtain the forgiveness of sins.
A true friend is one that will seekÂ to help you even if it may hurt. Godâ€™sÂ Word says, â€œFaithful are the wounds of aÂ friendâ€ (Proverbs 27:6). The Lord JesusÂ Christ as the True Friend, faithfullyÂ wounds us, so that we will seek Him!Â Notice how His words wound oneâ€™sÂ self-esteem. To the proud He said,Â â€œExcept ye repent, ye shall all likewiseÂ perishâ€ (Luke 13:5). To those whoÂ rejected Him He said, â€œDepart from me,Â ye cursed, into everlasting fireâ€ (MatthewÂ 25:41). To the morally upright He said,Â â€œExcept a man be born again, he cannotÂ see the kingdom of Godâ€ (John 3:3).
However, the same One that woundsÂ us, also loves us! â€œGreater love hath noÂ man than this, that a man lay down hisÂ life for his friendsâ€ (John 15:13). OurÂ True Friend, the Lord Jesus, died for us.Â We were not worthy of such love, â€œButÂ God commendeth His love toward us, inÂ that, while we were yet sinners, Christ diedÂ for usâ€ (Romans 5:8).
Is this True Friend, the Lord JesusÂ Christ, your Saviour? He will be if youÂ trust Him for your salvation.
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