by Sazie Merille Chio (35th Batch)
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.” Wouldn’t life be miserable without friends. Everyone wants to think that they have at least one friend. Abraham Lincoln said, “The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” John 15:13 (NKJV)
I remember one afternoon when I asked each of my students if they have a best friend and what’s their best friend like? Everyone got so excited to share their answers. One boy said, “I have a strong and brave best friend.” Another boy said, “My best friends are good in soccer and baseball.” One girl stood up and said, “My best friend is funny.” Another one said, “My best friend is pretty.” And the last student said, “My best friend is kind and generous.” All of them were like competing with each other as to whose best friend is better. At that moment, something suddenly came into my mind. Why are friends so important?
A friend is one who is your ally in trouble. He is one to whom you can tell your troubles and deepest secrets, without fear of having them revealed. He is one who likes you because you are you, and not for what he can get from you. “Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
With these facts in mind, it is perfectly appropriate to think of Jesus as our Best Friend.
What makes someone a good friend? A friend is someone who accepts you just the way you are, believes in you and encourages you. Someone who is trustworthy; who never forsakes you; who forgives your mistakes; who enjoys being with you; and, who makes you laugh. Jesus wants to be this way with us. He is not a far away God. He wants us to spend time with Him. He wants to be your very Best Friend, and He wants you to be His!
Friends, let’s share this wonderful friendship we have with Jesus to others, especially to our students, our friends and the people we meet everyday. Let us tell them that He is the pure example of a true friend, for He laid down His life for His “friends.”
Do you want to know who my Best Friend is? His name is JESUS… He is the best of everything we look for in a friend.