To Tell the Truth… Day 67 – True Friendship Part 3 – 6/18/20

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  5. To Tell the Truth… Day 67 – True Friendship Part 3 – 6/18/20

“Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13

What are the virtues of true friendship? Here is what we have learned. According to scripture true friendship is first, selfless. Proverbs 17:17a says, “A friend loves at all times.” A true friend is one who possesses unconditional love toward the one he or she calls their friend. Secondly, a true friend is steadfast. Proverbs 18:24b says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” They do not abandon you when you are in the middle of a storm. They are not fair-weather friends. When they board they stay aboard and stay with you safely into port.
Thirdly, true friends are sacrificial. Friendship is costly. It requires effort. It requires an investment of your time, your finances, and your emotions. The Indians have a word for friend. Translated into english it means, “One who carries my sorrows on his back.” It reminds me of Isaiah’s description of Jesus in Isaiah 53:4, “Surely, He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” What a friend we have in Jesus! It cost the Lord Jesus to wear the title, “A Friend of Sinners’.  In Hebrews 12:2 we are exhorted to “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame . . .” A true friend is one who makes the necessary sacrifice to deal lovingly and honestly with our mistakes, while the rest of the world stands to the side and condemns us. Or as Jesus Himself said it, “Great love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Preacher Stan
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