By Sylvia Stewart
Today's Scripture: I Samuel 20:42, 18:1
Central Thought: The time to make friends is before you need them (Country, Aug/Sept 1988).
Someone said, 'Friends come in as others go out.” True friends are like beams of sunlight on a dark, dreary day; they light up our lives.
Friends love. Jesus commanded the rich young ruler: '… Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19, NIV). Each of us wants to be totally loved by someone else, but we find it difficult to totally love others. Our sinful natures want to get, not give.
Friends are open. Jesus no longer called his disciples servants. 'Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15, NIV). He opened His heart, sharing all the goodness of God. He kept nothing back.
Friends sacrifice. Jesus did not keep anything to Himself that would bring good to his friends—not even His life (John 15:13)! Few of us will be required to give our lives for our friends, but Jesus did.
Devotional Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for being my true friend and Savior. Help me to be a true friend to those whom You have put into my life—and to You.
Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 20:1-21:15; John 9:1-41; Psalm 113:1-114:8; Proverbs 15:15-17