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"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."
(John 15:14)

Real loyal friends are few ~ while keeping friends is difficult. How truly blessed is the one who has true friends! We should value God's gift of "good friends." Good friends reduce our sorrows and multiply the joy we share.

"And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle."
(Exodus 33:11)

God Himself was the best friend Moses ever had. God spake with him "face to face." He chose Moses to represent Him before Israel; He sup- plied him with courage to work a monumental task! Above all, God loved and forgave Moses' sins! ~ Joshua must have been a great comfort to Moses too. He was a kindred soul with whom Moses could share the privileged moments of communion with God.

Everyone ready now? I'm going to let YOU do a little Bible Search ~ (please note, I'm not slacking off here, it's just toooo much to type)! Turn in your Bible to 1Samuel. Read chapters 18 through 23 (this can be your scripture reading for today!).

Now, consider Jonathan and David: The world celebrates theirs as the ultimate friendship. They show that a friend is committed in words and actions (18:4). A best friend is loyal, putting everything on the line to speak on his friend's behalf (19:1-5). Jonathan was a faithful friend (23:17), and he loved David as himself (18:3). Touching, don't you agree?

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(John 15:13)

Now, this is the most loving passage in the Bible! What greater love for friends could possibly top this? God revealed His GREAT love to us in giving HIS SON, JESUS, who in love for us, endured utter friendlessness on the cross at Calvary, so that we might enjoy God's peace and friendship ETERNALLY!

Now, let's look at the type of friendship the Lord wants us to avoid:

"Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go." Proverbs 22:24; "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man abundeth in transgression." Pro- verbs 29:22; "As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife." Proverbs 26:21; "A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife." Proverbs 15:18; "Ye adulterers and adult- eresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
(James 4:4)

Faithful, loyal, committed, loving ~ this is the kind of friend Jesus desires and deserves: Friends who are faithful and true; He delights in friends who are loyal to Him and speak up for Him; He wants friends who are committed in more than words; He wants friends who love Him even as they love themselves. What kind of friend are you to Jesus?


Beautiful Feet

In Old Testament times, there was no instant way of getting news. No television programs could be interrupted to announce that a coup had overthrown a government somewhere. No e-mails conveyed information instantly from the Chief of Staff to his Field Marshal. There was no CNN or Associated Press. So, if an army was fighting a battle, the news of the outcome was sent to the homeland by a runner. The people of the city knew a battle was being fought, so they lined the city walls, eagerly awaiting the news of their army's defeat or victory.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have the marvelous news of a victory to share. We can report that the battle for our souls was won by Christ on Calvary when He gave His life for us (Matthew 27:45-50; Romans 6:23). We have the proof: God raised Him from the dead in triumph (Matthew 28:1-10). Now we can proclaim the good news of the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life in heaven with the Father. This is assured for those who trust in Jesus, His Son (John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7).

As we tell the good news to others, let it be with the joy of victory in our hearts, and with feet that are "beautiful" because of the glorious message we bear.

Are All The Children In?

I think oftimes, as the night draws nigh,
Of an old house on the hill;
Of a yard, all wide and blossom-starred,
Where the children played at will.
And when the night at last came down,
Hushing the merry din,
Mother would look around and ask,
"Are all the children in?"

'Tis many and many a year since then,
And the old house on the hill
No longer echoes to childish feet,
And the yard is still, so still.
But I see it all as the shadows creep,
And, though many years have been,
Even now I can hear my Mother ask,
"Are all the children in?"

I wonder if, when the shadows fall
On the last short earthly day;
When we say goodbye to the world outside---
All tired with our childish play;
When we step out into that Other Land
Where Mother so long has been;
Will we hear her ask, as we did of old,
"Are all the children in?"

And I wonder, too, what the Lord will say
To us older children of His?
Have we cared for the lambs?
Have we showed them the fold?
A privilege joyful it is.
And I wonder, too, what our answer will be,
When His loving questions begin:
"Have you heeded My voice?"
"Have you told of my love?"
"Have you brought the children in?"

---Author unknown to me...