Reflection: We can be friends with Jesus. When both my older daughters started school, learning about friendship was the most difficult lesson. Classroom lessons, numeracy and literacy were approached with relative equanimity. Lessons about friendship: “who is my friend? Who will I play with today? So-and-so didn’t play with me today, so I don’t think they’re my friend anymore” were much more difficult to learn. Friendship is important, and children realise this from a young age. One of the truths I have been teaching my children is that Jesus wants to be our friend. In reality, he is much more – our Lord, our King, our Saviour – but I think it is helpful and important to focus on the fact that he wants to be our friend. A quick search for the definition of a friend brings up several descriptions: a friend is a person who likes you and who you like; someone who enjoys your company; someone who has your back, no matter what; who always has your best interest at heart; someone you respect and who respects you; someone who you trust and who trusts you; someone who is honest and makes you want to be honest too. Jesus is all of this to us, and so much more. He laid down his life for us, which makes him the greatest kind of friend we could have.
Question: Does describing Jesus as your friend encourage you? Does it fit with how you frame your relationship with him?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, in laying down your life for me. Jesus, please give me the strength to obey your command to love one another, as I live as your friend. Amen.