“What a friend we have in Jesus!” When He’s our Friend, we have the Way to true friendship with others.


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Today we discover, or, perhaps, rediscover, some rather applicable wisdom from Sirach regarding friendship, which is delivered and received in the wise ways of a faithful friend.

Sirach writes, “Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.” 

Committed relationships are the essence of Christianity. The Father “so loved the world that He gave His only Son”. Jesus is our Blood-brother, Who sealed His covenant with us by His blood shed on Calvary. The Spirit is committed to us in that He lives within us as His temple. We respond to God’s love by committing ourselves to Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God. Through Jesus we commit ourselves to the Father, and live no longer for ourselves but for Him.

In our human world, the word “friend” is used liberally to refer to the many acquaintances we keep in our day-to-day living; people with whom we talk and share with, at least superficially, on a wide range of topics and experiences.  As social media applications become more and more integrated into everyday interactions, we now live in a world where “social networks” and quantifiable lists of “Friends,” “Contacts,” and/or “Followers” simultaneously measure the vastness of our social linkages.  While these networks and personal connections have value and enrich our human experience, today’s reading cautions us of the all too often self-invested purposes of these friendships, and addresses the characteristics of a “faithful friend.”

Sirach goes on to write, “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure.”  So, while counting a multitude of friends seems essential, we learn that some people will not be our faithful friends.

It’s a rough life; we’re in the middle of a war; it’s storming outside. A faithful friend is a shelter, a treasure beyond price. “Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love, he would be roundly mocked”. “A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds”.

Since friends are such a rich blessing, we need to know how to have as many true friends as possible. First, we must fear God, that is, have a right relationship to God. The way to do this, to have friends, or do anything is to do everything in Jesus, “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life”.

“What a friend we have in Jesus!” When He’s our Friend, we have the Way to true friendship with others. With true friendship, we have the support and encouragement, the protection and shelter, to live a life faithful to the Lord, our spouses, families, and brothers and sisters in the Lord.

“A true friend will fight with you against the foe, against your enemies he will be your shield-bearer” (Sir 37:5). Thank Jesus for true friends!

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