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Thursday, March 02, 2017

John 15:13-17 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  What a Friend.  Topics:  2 at end.

Greater Love has No One than This
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you. You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that you love one another.”  (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at

This scripture tells us that Jesus is our friend . . . . “But I have called you friends.”  And there is this great old hymn about just this friendship—(music by C.C. Converse (1868), words by Joseph M. Scriven (1855) (public domain), appropriately called “What A Friend We Have in Jesus.” 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

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 thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

From this old hymn, what can we pass on to others about our Friend, Jesus Christ?  We know that His being our friend is a miracle of God; when we believe, He becomes our friend.  Our best friend!  Our magnificent friend!

What earthly friend do we know who can be with us every moment, every milli-second, of our lives, and know us down to the tiniest bit of our physical selves and know all of the letters in our DNA?  Who else knows our DNA code and yet is invisible to us, but is always with us?  No one!

Just Jesus Christ, our Friend.  And along with all of this, He understands us better than any person we could ever know.  He has been human and has been through human trials and tribulation.  Hebrews 2:17:  “And for this purpose it was necessary that in all respects He should be made to resemble His brothers, so that He might become a compassionate and faithful High Priest in things relating to God, in order to atone for the sins of the people (WEY).” We believers are his brothers (brethren).

What’s more, as is stated in this song’s lyrics, He bears all our sins and griefs.  He shares all our sorrows.  He knew sorrow on Earth, grieving over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37) and being moved at the death of his good friend Lazarus (before raising him from the dead) (John 11:33-35).  The song also tells us that He will bear all of our burdens. 

So could these lyrics be meaningful in pro-life work?  Of course.  Some of the deepest grieving moments can come when a person or family is faced with horrendous decisions about the health and life of a family member.  What words could be more beneficial than those of this song, promising a Friend who knows all and will bear all and understands sorrow?

Lord, we thank You for inspiring Mr. Joseph Scriven to write these words that come from nowhere but his heart.  And thank you for the music by C. C. Converse, whose tune so beautifully carries the intent of the words.  Help us to relay these thoughts and ideas to others who need them so at times of wrestling conflicts over LIFE issues.

Topics:  Praise God for music and for beautiful words of encouragement such as these.  Ask Him to help us tell others about this best Friend.
National Right to Life and other such life organizations

Posted by Gail Richardson on 03/02 at 02:25 PM
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