One of the pieces of wisdom I have come to appreciate is my father often-repeated statement, "Son, good friends are one of life's greatest treasures." How true! With good friends, you are never alone. They're attentive to your needs and gladly share life's joys and burdens.

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Before Jesus came to earth, only two individuals were called friends of God. The Lord spoke to Moses "as one speaks to a friends" ( Exodus 33:11), and Abraham "was called God's friend" (James 2:23).

I am amazed that Jesus would call those of us who belong to Him friends: "I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15). And His friendship is so deep that He laid down His life for us. John says in the scriptures, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).

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What a privilege and blessing to have Jesus as our friend! He is a friend who will never leave us or forsake us, He intercedes for us before the Father and supplies all our needs. He forgives all our sins, understands all our sorrows, and gives us adequate grace in time of trouble. He is indeed our best friend!

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