Posted by: Jo | December 2, 2022

Faithful Friends

“When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying

(Acts 12: 12)

Just recently this verse was part of a Bible study I was reading, and it really impressed me. Peter had been thrown into jail as King Herod began to persecute the new believers in Jesus. During the night Peter, even though bound with chains and had a prison guard on either side on him, was saved by an angel from the Lord who escorted him safely out of the prison. He went immediately to where his friends were staying and even though it was the middle of the night, they were gathered to pray for him. Faithful friends! 

I received a beautiful birthday card just recently which said, A Faithful Friend Is A True Blessing I have found this to be true in my own life where friends have stood by my side encouraged me and lifted me up whatever was happening in my life. When I began writing this blog, I was very unsure of my ability to write successfully and to be able to keep writing, but with a very helpful son-in- law who had the skill to post it on the computer it has been 10 years since I started, but the huge encouragement to keep going came from friends. I have a faithful friend who reads the blog every time it is posted and contacts me to comment and encourage me. Scripture has a lot to say about friends and the Book of Proverbs has this to say. 

“A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17: 17)

Again, this verse 

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18: 24)

When we think of faithful friends there is a lesson for us, we too can be faithful friends to others, not counting the cost, but giving ourselves to supporting them. The greatest example of the meaning of friend is found in the words of Jesus. 

“I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. I have called you friends for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15 :15)

What incredible words that the Savior, the Son of God would call us his friends. He is the supreme example what a true friend is, and he is our example to follow but we can also take comfort in the fact that he is our dearest friend who we can turn to when we need that word of encouragement. Many of us who are older will remember this beautiful hymn reminding us of who hears our deepest thoughts. 

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer


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  1. Thank you my very dear friend.

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