This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
-Friend in Greek is written as phílos which comes from the root phil and means someone dearly and loved in a personal and intimate way. Also a trusted confidant held dear in a close bond of personal affection. God knows our desire to love and to be loved and made us for love and friendship. We find several scriptures that enlighten us about genuine friendship (Job 17:5), choosing the right friends (Prov 12:26, 18:24), friends who become enemies (Ps 41:9), friendship with the king (Prov 22:11), friends who will not have the wedding garment will be cast out into the outer darkness (Mat 22:12-13), friends who persist will receive their request (Lk 11:5-8), friends of Jesus keep His commandments (Jn 15:12-140) etc.
-As we continue to rejoice in the Lords’ death and resurrection, He reveals His love to us everyday. Jesus is our greatest friend, since He lay down His life for us and reconciled us to the Father. As human beings, we are called to share love with one another in the cause of our interactions and relationships through the help of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we are bogged down in life and are low in spirit; in need for friendly consolation or companionship. Jesus reminds us that He is our greatest friend having sacrificed His life for us and has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. As friends of Jesus, we are also called to take heed to His commandments, to love one another and to seek His truths; as we have been chosen to bear fruit that remains.
We thank You Father for this beautiful day that You have day, we rejoice and are glad in it. Guide us Jesus and direct us in our diverse activities today and throughout the week; we humbly ask You. Help us Father to love You and to love our neighbours as ourselves that we may bear fruit that remains. We pray for all the school going children that You may help them to get a grasp of what they study and perform well in their exams. Be with all patents and provide for all their needs. Thank You Jesus for choosing us as Your friends and for the love that You have shown us, we praise You and glorify Your holy name, forever. Amen
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