Many of us are familiar with the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” We all agree that the Savior is a great friend, but our understanding of this relationship is limited. Jesus’ friendship with us far transcends anything we experience on a human level. So let’s consider some of the elements of His relationship with us.
Jesus laid down His life for us. Our Savior gave the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross, which proves His faithfulness. Surely, then, Jesus is a friend who’s committed to us forever, and He will give us everything else He has promised.
We are His friends if we obey Him. Those who are saved can be His friends, because they’re the ones who obey Him in love.
He reveals to us what He is doing. Everything we need to know about Christ and His actions and ways is written for us in the Scriptures.
He chose us. We didn’t earn His friendship and we can’t lose it, because it’s based not on us but on His choice to love us.
Having Jesus as our friend means we are wanted, loved, and cared for by Him forever.