Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. — John 15:13
After reading my Bible, I jotted down several thoughts the Scriptures had brought to mind. One of them surprised me. I don’t view Jesus as my friend.
That’s not what I expected.
After admitting my faulty view of my Savior, I thought of the old hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The hymn is filled with reasons Jesus is my friend.
- He bears all my sins and grief.
- I can take all my trials, temptations, and troubles to Him.
- He is a faithful friend, the One I can share all my sorrows with.
- He knows my every weakness.
- He is my refuge.
- I can take all my burdens and cares to Him.
- In His arms, He’ll take and shield me.
- He provides me with solace.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Lord, thank You for Your great love. Thank You for laying down Your life for Your friends. If this woman doesn’t view You as her friend, speak to her. Please show her what You did for her on the cross and what a kind, loving, and faithful friend You are. In Your name, amen.
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.