Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lay down his life for his friends.
After my husband had moved out, I didn’t know who I could trust.
I wanted to tell my friends but I felt that if I had any hope of reconciling with my husband, I needed to keep our matters private. So I only told my family. But after over a month of silence, the weight loss and my disposition were giving away my secret. I had to confide in my close circle of friends because I needed them. It was scary to speak my shocking truth. No one expected it – I had always spoken highly of my husband and all of my friends knew that I adored him.
While it was scary to say out loud what was happening in my life, the tidal wave of love and support I received was exactly what I needed. Every morning I woke to a living nightmare but as I stumbled into my kitchen for coffee, there sat multiple bouquets of flowers from my friends.
I felt loved.
God used those flowers to comfort me and help me feel His presence.
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us to not worry and then he uses the example of how God cares for the lilies of the field. If He takes good care of the lilies of the field…then certainly He will take good care of you.
In John 15:15, Jesus says:
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Jesus calls you his friend!
He loves you and you love him.
He knows your heart and you know his.
He cares about what matters to you and you care about what matters to him.
Jesus does not just love you as His creation and as His sheep, but Jesus loves you as a friend.
He is there for you when you wake and when you are lying in bed asleep.
He never leaves you nor forsakes you.
He is completely faithful.
You are not alone and because He is with you – you never have to live in fear.
Rest in your friendship with Jesus today. Enjoy your time with Him. He’s the best friend a girl can have!!!
How does knowing that you always have a friend with you, bring you rest?
Walk with the King,
~This post is an excerpt from the Rest and Release Bible Study Guide.