In this sermon, we look at what a deep friendship actually looks like. We are created beings, designed for community by a God whose whole being is the essence of communal relationship. We are not self-sustaining and we are not meant to be. In our greatest need, the thing we need the most is a friend to stand up for us, to walk alongside us and lean on. Even Jesus himself needed friends, as we see in the garden of Gethsemane.
So what does it mean for us, as Christians, to be a friend to one another? What does it mean if we find ourselves without these kinds of relationships in our lives?
There is a song called What A Friend We Have In Jesus, it was sung during our Sunday worship this Sunday. As someone who grew up outside of the church, I used to think this song was especially cheesy. But this Sunday, I actually listened to some of the verses and they really struck me as having some serious truths to them.
Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge--
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.
We know that David continually took his cares and anxieties to the Lord - we can see this all throughout the book of Psalms. Jesus has sent us a Comforter, our closest friend, who will never leave us or forsake us. Let's heed the wisdom of the bible and lean in to God, at all times, in all circumstances.