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May 5 – Jesus, our close friend (I)

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24 

Scripture reading: John 15:1-14

Older brothers can be close, as well as friends. Friendships are important in life; we trust, help and encourage our friends. Friends help us see things we missed. Real friends are willing to share and make sacrifices for each other. Brothers can be friends and close, but Proverbs 18:24 shows us that there is a friend that sticks closer than any brother… That close friend is Jesus! Now, what does it mean that Jesus is a close friend?

  1. He sacrificed Himself for us (John 15:13) – Jesus laid down His life for His friends; there is no greater love than that! Our friendship with Jesus begins when we believe this. That He is willing to be a friend of such a terrible sinner?! What a marvel! If He gave Himself, I want to willingly give myself to Him!
  2. We believe in Him (James 2:23) – When Abraham believed and was justified, from that moment he was called a friend of God! And so it is with us… When we believe in Christ, we are justified and we become His friend! Now we trust Him!
  3. We want to be in His presence (Proverbs 17:17) – Friends love at all times; we find out who our friends are in times of difficulty. When Jesus is our close Friend, we know He is there in times of difficulty… But we have a desire to be close to Him in prayer and we desire to hear His voice in the Word.

Suggestions for prayer

Reflect on your relationship with Jesus. Is He your close friend? Or, have other people/things taken that place? Rejoice if He is, repent if He is not.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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