OPIN­ION

Best friends

The Covington News - - Religion -

When my son Heath was lit­tle and he wanted me to do some­thing spe­cial or im­por­tant for him, he would say, “Please, I’ll be your best friend.”

That al­ways made me smile be­cause I rec­og­nized the wis­dom of his logic. At a very early age, he knew that friend­ship was some­thing of great value. As you can imag­ine, of course, I gladly granted his re­quest out of my love for him.

What qual­i­ties do you look for in a best friend? We could fill up a page quickly. A best friend will al­ways love you, be an in­ter­ces­sor, be trust­wor­thy, be truth­ful, never leave you in a cri­sis, be an en­cour­ager, be a lis­tener and a sound­ing board, be re­source­ful, be a strong ally, know when to give you a warm hug or a tight em­brace, be a de­fender and pro­tec­tor and, lastly, be will­ing to die for you.

Like my mother taught me, I taught my chil­dren that Je­sus is the very best friend any­one can ever have. Will you have that talk with your chil­dren to­day, no mat­ter how old they are? John 15:15 tells us, “I do not call you ser­vants any­more. Ser­vants do not know their mas­ter’s busi­ness. In­stead, I have called you friends. I have told you ev­ery­thing I learned from my Fa­ther.”

Maybe, you are sit­ting there lonely and wish you had a best friend. Let me en­cour­age you to turn to Je­sus. I prom­ise he will draw close to you. Ro­mans 5:10 says, “For since our friend­ship with God was re­stored by the death of his Son while we were still his en­e­mies, we will cer­tainly be saved through the life of his Son.”

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