Tuesday, April 3, 2018


“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
John 15:14 KJV

Jesus will be our Friend but we must do what He commands us to do.  Can we honestly say we are doing what He has told us to do?  We can fool others and even ourselves but He sees what is in our heart and He knows if we are just giving Him lip service.  He has commanded us to love unconditionally.

We read in the Bible.  “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).  Do we love others unconditionally as He loves us?  I have to be honest and say there are times when God has to take me to His woodshed and correct me.

I get emails telling me how wonderful it is that I write devotions and I appreciate those emails because there are times when everybody needs encouragement.  However, don’t look to me, to your pastor or to your Sunday school teacher.  Look to Jesus because He is perfect and He will never fail you.

What a privilege is ours to not only be loved by the Saviour of the world but also to have Him as our Friend.  There is no friendship as sweet as the friendship of Jesus.  How it brings tears of happiness and joy to me to know that one day I will have the privilege of seeing Him face to face. 

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times when I fail You and hurt You.  I’m sorry.  I pray for every pastor who is preaching the good news of our risen Saviour.  Please encourage them and let them know how much You love them and appreciate their service to You.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Joanne Lowe
April 3, 2018

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