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Do we want an UNFAILING friend?
FRIDAY, APRIL 09, 2021
Posted by: Mercies Of God Association | more..
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Such a friend is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The saddest part of all the good things of earth is their instability.

Riches make themselves wings and flee away;
youth
and beauty are but for a few years;
strength
of body soon decays;
mind
and intellect are soon exhausted.

All is perishing.

All is fading.

All is passing away.

But there is one splendid exception to this general rule, and that is the friendship of Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus is a friend who never changes. There is no fickleness about Him. Those whom He loves—He loves unto the end! Husbands have been known to forsake their wives. Parents have been known to cast off their children. Human vows and promises of faithfulness have often been forgotten. Thousands have been neglected in their poverty and old age—who were honored by all when they were rich and young. But Christ never changed His feelings towards one of His friends. He is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

The Lord Jesus never goes away from His friends. There is never a parting and good-bye between Him and His people. From the time that He makes His abode in the sinner's heart—He abides in it forever. The world is full of departures; death and the lapse of time break up the most united family; sons go forth to make their way in life; daughters are married, and leave their father's house forever. Scattering, scattering, scattering—is the yearly history of the happiest home. How many we have tearfully watched as they drove away from our doors, whose pleasant faces we have never seen again! How many we have sorrowfully followed to the grave—and then come back to a cold, silent, lonely, and blank fireside! But, thanks be to God, there is One who never leaves His friends! The Lord Jesus is He who has said, "I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

The Lord Jesus goes with His friends wherever they go. There is no possible separation between Him and those whom He loves. There is no place or position on earth that can divide them from the great Friend of their souls. When the path of duty calls them far away from home—He is their companion. When they pass through the fire and water of fierce tribulation—He is with them. When they lie down on the bed of sickness—He stands by them and makes all their troubles work for good. When they go down the valley of the shadow of death, and friends and relatives stand still and can go no further—He goes down by their side. When they wake up in the unknown world of Paradise—they are still with Him. When they rise with a new body at the judgment day—they will not be alone. He will own them for His friends, and say, "They are mine! Deliver them and let them go free." He will make good His own words: "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20)

Look around the world, and see how failure is written on all men's schemes. Count up the partings, and separations, and disappointments, and bereavements which have happened under your own knowledge. Think what a privilege it is that there is One at least who never fails, and in whom no one was ever disappointed! Never, never was there so unfailing a friend as Jesus Christ!

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