Sunday, March 31, 2024

Best Friend Forever

By Joe Slater
    We use innumerable acronyms to shorten emails, text messages, etc. “LOL” (laughing out loud), IMO (in my opinion), and BTW (by the way) are only the start of a virtually endless list. Have you noticed this one? BFF (best friend forever).
    “This person” (you fill in the name) “is my BFF!” It might be someone you’ve known since early childhood; maybe it’s a spouse; maybe it’s your spouse whom you’ve known from early childhood! Regardless, having friends helps us navigate through life’s ups and downs.
    I’m blessed with many friends, and I hope you are too! I’d be hard pressed to identify which of my friends (among my fellow-mortals) is my “best friend.” Some whom I’ve counted as friends in the past have, by their behavior, made it clear that they are no longer my friends. I regret that, but I realize I cannot change other people’s thoughts and actions.
    Christians have no trouble identifying their “best friend forever”! “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). We know Jesus is the best friend we could possibly have, and He will never forsake us. Who else could ever qualify as our “best friend forever”?
    A challenging question for me is, “Am I a friend to Jesus?” We sing, “I’ll be a friend to Jesus” – but look at what the Lord Himself said: “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). Having warm fuzzy feelings for Jesus is fine, but loving him and being His friend goes well beyond subjective criteria. Who among us would claim to be the best friend Jesus has? But we can, indeed, be His friends forever.
    Let’s do that!

- Joe Slater serves as minister of the Church of Christ in Justin, TX. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

No comments:

Post a Comment