It was an unforgettable sight that burned its image into my brain. The place was in the city of Philadelphia, which means ‘Brotherly Love.’ He was tall, gaunt, unshaven, and his whole body was literally wrapped in rags. That same morning, I had viewed homeless people sleeping on top of sewer gratings, in an effort to keep warm during the chilly hours of the night. They had no friends, even though they were living in the city of Brotherly Love. I lifted my heart to God and thanked Him for my True Friend.
I personally value friends. How often they have given me good advice, comforted me, and helped me in trying times. But we are all human, and sometimes friendships can turn sour. However, there is One that I would like to introduce to you that is the most unique Friend any person could ever have. He is “a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). That Friend is the Lord Jesus Christ, who came from Heaven to a world steeped in sin and darkness, and “being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). Through His death we can obtain the forgiveness of sins.
A true friend is one that will seek to help you even if it may hurt. God’s Word says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6). The Lord Jesus Christ as the True Friend, faithfully wounds us, so that we will seek Him! Notice how His words wound one’s self-esteem. To the proud He said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). To those who rejected Him He said, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire” (Matthew 25:41). To the morally upright He said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
However, the same One that wounds us, also loves us! “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Our True Friend, the Lord Jesus, died for us. We were not worthy of such love, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Is this True Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ, your Saviour? He will be if you trust Him for your salvation.
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