In a recent sermon I discussed some of the gifts that God gives to us. In that particular lesson I mentioned material things, meaning our needs and our wants, as well as time and most importantly salvation through His Son, Jesus. In this article I wish to add something else which came to mind to me this week. The blessing of friendship is such a great thing that truly is a gift from God. God created the heavens and the earth; He made the seas and the land; He made all the plants and all the animals. Finally God made man, His crowning creation because he was created in His image. Of all the things that He made, the only thing that God said was not good was that man was alone. To solve this problem, God created Eve to be a helper to Adam in his task to care for the garden. Not only was Eve made to assist, but also to be a companion for Adam. In other words, God knew that Adam needed friendship. A life lived alone, is no full life.
When you look at the full scope of Scripture, friendship has always had a special place in the life of important Biblical people. The most well known may be David and King Saul’s son, Jonathan. In a verse that encapsulates the brotherly-love they had for one another: 2 Samuel 1:26, “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me; your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.” Although some may be put off by this language, David is speaking from the heart about the loss and grief he felt when losing his best friend and fellow warrior.
All of us have experienced the blessing of having someone there for you when you need them. What a great blessing God has bestowed on us through friendship.
What’s more, Jesus even calls us His friends. John 15:14-15, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 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.”
Can you imagine that? Being called friend by the very Son of God who helped create all that is in the world, the one that bore your sin to the death of the cross. He wants to be your friend. What a great gift indeed.