All throughout my life, I’ve had many different friends. Over time, some of us grew apart and went our separate ways. Others stayed close. And, of course, I naturally met more people whom I became good friends with.
There’s something special about friendship. It’s as if God created a precious bond that can only be found between two friends who are devoted to each other and to the Lord.
However, through everything that’s happened in my life, there’s always been one friend who has always stuck by me.
He was there the day I got baptized. He was there when my family had to put our dog down. He was there when my first article was published. And He’s still here with me now.
Through all the ups-and-downs; through all the good times and the bad times, He’s never left my side. In fact, I’d have to say that He’s the best friend I’ve ever had. Jesus Christ, my Savior and King, has never left me to face things alone.
Having a friendship with Him is peaceful and comforting, but also powerful and life-changing.
Getting to know Him through the Bible and talking to Him through prayer has been the most amazing experience.
Being able to bring absolutely everything before someone who completely knows my heart has opened my eyes up to the grace and healing that only God can provide.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is when Jesus walks on the water (Matthew 14:22-33). As His disciples are out in a boat, they see a figure coming toward them. Greatly afraid, they spoke to one another and came to the conclusion that the figure had to be a ghost.
At that moment, Jesus says that it is Him and there is no need to be afraid. Peter, not yet convinced, answers, “Lord, if it’s you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus replies and says, “Come.”
After Peter climbs out of the boat, he starts to walk on the water, keeping his eyes on Jesus. However, it isn’t long before he looks away.
At that moment, seeing the wind grow strong, Peter becomes afraid and starts to sink. Crying out, he reached to grab Jesus’ outstretched hand; the hand of His savior.
The reason I love this passage so much is because it shows us that, though there may be storms and hardships around us, we never have to be afraid or go through it alone. Our focus shouldn’t be on what’s going on around us, but on Christ.
Through our relationship with Him, He will overcome those obstacles and teach us how to respond in the best way.
Having a friendship with Jesus doesn’t magically make everything easy. Sometimes He has to correct me when I’m wrong or reveal a specific sin or bad habit in my life, but He never leaves me to take care of it by myself.
Jesus doesn’t want us to only come to Him when we have a problem or need help. He wants to be a part of each and every one of our lives. He wants a deep and personal relationship with you and me.
Yes, Jesus is my friend, but He’s so much more. Getting to know Him more and more has changed my life in so may amazing ways. He wants you to experience that too.
Below, I’ve listed a few special Scripture texts that talk more about what it means to have Jesus Christ as our friend.
1 John 3:1 “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
Romans 5:8 “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 15:15 “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.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
If you have any questions on what it means to begin a relationship with Jesus, I encourage you to talk to your parents, pastor, friend, or mentor in your life. Also, you can always contact me via email if you have any questions or would like prayer.
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*All Scripture verses were taken from the English Standard Version*