Be A Friend Series #18
My Friend is my Shepherd, I am His Sheep
What a friend I have in Jesus
Jesus is my loving Shepherd
I am his sheep, I want for nothing
He makes me lie down and rest
in his lush green pastures
He watches over me as
I eat sweet grass around his feet
I follow him beside the peaceful stream
He calms my fears and restores my strength
I follow him down the right narrow path
For I am his namesake.
I walk close behind him on the narrow path
Through the shadowy valley of death
I have no fear, with him so near
My enemies and predators are all around me
I am comforted by his rod and staff
I feed upon the feast he prepares for me
He soothes my head with anointing oil
His stream filled cup overflows my drinking lips
I will follow him all the days of my life
His goodness and mercy follow within me
His house is my house
I shall dwell with him forever
Psalm 23 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness[b]
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord forever.[g]
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard
Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a
publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Who do you think you are?
Be a Friend Series Article 17
Who do you think you are? Many people in our present day society suffer from a crisis of identity confusion. Many people have no clue to what or who they are. Many are confused regarding their gender identity. Many do not know from what source they are to acquire their identity. Many have not had healthy gender role models in their lives. Many people have not realized love in their development of personhood.
Some Christians realize, that Jesus loved and loves us. Jesus laid down his life for us, his friends, before we were his friends. Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus was that someone.
Jesus is our role model. Jesus is our source of a healthy understanding of love in action. Jesus gives us a healthy source for our identity. We have the opportunity to receive our identity in him.
Before we knew Jesus, for who he is, we had no relationship with him. We did not realize his love in our lives. We did not have our identity in him. We were confused. We did not know who we were. We were sinners, but we did not fully realize that. We thought we were good people. We thought we were right on. We though our self to be righteous. We were not even self-righteous. We were sinners.
Some sinners are found by Jesus, and they let him find them. They let him into their lives. Jesus becomes their Savior and Lord. They become haphazard fair weather servants of Jesus. They might follow Jesus’ commands occasionally out of legalistic duty or fear as a servant.
When a person becomes a follower of Jesus, he gains a relational identity, responsiblity and purpose to his life. Jesus commands his followers to love one another, just as he has loved us. Jesus says “ ... if you do what I command ... You are my friends. 15 “No longer do I call you servants,[a] 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, God the Son, heard from God, the Father, and he made known the same, to his former servants, who would listen and they became friends of Jesus. Now these friends have the opportunity to know what Jesus their master is doing. Thus, for those who follow the commands of Jesus, he calls them, friends.
Jesus says, ”You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, ...” Jesus chose his friends. Jesus appointed his friends with responsibility and purpose. Jesus sent his friends on a mission, on which to go. Jesus commanded his friends to bear fruit and that fruit should abide.
Jesus said, “... so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
Jesus gave some big commands for his friends to acheive. Jesus also gave his friends a support system and resources to accomplish the mission he gave them. Jesus said for his friends to ask the Father, for whatever, in Jesus’ name, that the Father may give it for the friends of Jesus. Jesus had a purpose in giving the things he commanded his friends. He gave those commands, so that his friends would love one another.
John 15 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] 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.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Just A Few Friends, Will Be There
Article 16 .. 10-10-19
Be a Friend Series
Just A Few Friends, Will Be There
Easy greasy, slip and slide
Down the road to Hell they ride
It’s gate ain’t narrow, it’s slope is wide
Sliders go, many day and night
Think they happy, they ain’t right
Eternal death, the meth of night
Go, go, the narrow way
Go in, go in, we say
Eternal life, the pay
Few will find the narrow gate
Few choose the hard way
Few come in, come in, come in
We walk the streets of gold always
We see the gates of pearl
Our Lord, our Light Eternal
No tears, no tears
What joy, we be
No crowd, we few will be
Matthew 7:13-14 Good News Translation (GNT) Bible - Bible Gateway
The Narrow Gate
13 “Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. 14 But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.
Good News Translation (GNT)
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