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November 11 - A True Friend

"No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you." - John 15:15

We have all had good friends, and perhaps we have had great friends, and if we have been truly blessed, we may have even had a true friend. But friendship is not something that comes easily. It is hard work! Friendship in marriage, in business, or in the Church takes love.

To be called a friend and to call someone a friend is a great thing, but think about being called a friend by Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe, God Himself, calling us friends. But not everyone is a friend to Jesus. Only those who have placed their trust in Him are His friends.

Many today call Jesus a friend, but calling Him one doesn't mean He really is your friend. To know Jesus as a friend is to know Him as Lord and Savior. And it is not enough to just call Him Lord and Savior, or even know the doctrine or go to the right Church.

Someone may call you a friend and they may not even know you. Or worse you don't know them. It would be a strange thing to have someone call you a friend and you don't know them. They may know you, but until you know them and call them a friend, they are no friend of yours.

Just like Jesus. Unless you know Him and He knows you, you are no friend of His. Now I am not saying that Jesus does not "know" everyone in the sense that He created us and knows us all. But to know Jesus and to be "known" by Him means more than just doing good works or knowing about Him.

"Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" Mathew 7:22 - 23

If you do not know Him, then now is the time. Trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation. If you know Him then rejoice in the fact that you are called friend.

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