Tuesday’s Torch 596
July 14, 2020
Social distancing can be difficult. Not being able to go as many places as we would like and being unable to hang out with friends is a challenge. Many of us have had to deal with even more isolation than we are used to. I have bad days the same as everyone else and times where I don’t think anyone understands me or cares. A combination of the adversary as well as our own insecurities can tell us we don’t even have any friends. I would like to share a verse that I found comfort in today.
John 15:13-15 says:
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
What an amazing statement. So often we think I’m terms of “serving the Lord.” And many times we think like that song says, “what a friend we have in Jesus.” But how often do we realize that He views us as his friends? How amazing is it that we can be good friends with the Savior? And how heartbreaking it must be for him during those times we stray from him or turn our backs on him.
The commandment in that verse is a big one. Love one another the way that Jesus loves us. That is the commandment that connects to our friendship with him. He is our friend and wants us to be his. He will leave that up to us though. He isn’t going to force us to love him or to love others, the same way we cannot force anyone to like us or to love us.
But as we treat others with love and respect we will be treating them the way the Savior treats them. There is an old saying of sorts that suggests that we become like those we spend time with. Choose your friends carefully! The challenge that we gladly and gratefully accept as Christians is to become like the Savior. To help us do that, let us apply the principle that we become like our friends and build our friendship with Jesus Christ.
As we spend time searching his words in the scriptures we grow closer to him. As we act as he would have us act we grow closer still. As we show our friendship with the Savior by following the commandments, especially and specifically loving one another the way he loves us, we will truly be friends with the Savior.
In these challenging times where we maybe can’t be around our circle of friends, or for those of us who sometimes feel like we are outsiders and don’t really fit into a circle of friends, let us turn to our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost as our closest circle of friends. That is my hope and prayer for each of us this week, that we may build an actual and lasting friendship with our Savior. And I share these things in his name, even Jesus Christ, Amen.
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