“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”- Matthew 25:34-40
As I have been recovering from neck surgery, which has been an extremely painful and intense process- it occurred to me that I have just a few really godly friends, in the sense that I have only a few who truly love the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thought of this as I studied the Word of God last night and the Lord demonstrated what friendship is truly all about, which is what we do when others are in their deepest moment of need.
The Lord also made it clear the those who are friends of His, would be friends to us, in such deep moments.
It is indeed because of their deep love for Jesus, that I have a few friends who have unconditionally loved me through sickness, through my hard economic times and even through some very poor decisions that I have made in the past, rather than publicly ridicule me or ostracize me due to my poor past decisions. Their love has covered a multitude of my sins in the past.
It is impossible for anyone to love us unconditionally as Jesus does, unless that person first has a genuine love relationship with the Lord.
I know a lot of pastors and religious leaders who do not possess this kind of love. A lot of professing Christians who really do not possess this kind of love.
Many pastors, religious leaders and professing Christians who I know have yet been indifferent or disinterested when I was sick and when I was in my darkest hour.
They looked upon me and turned the other way, without compassion and without compunction.
Little did they know they had just done the same thing to Jesus.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”- Matthew 25:41-46
Through my own struggles, I have not only been reminded about what true friendship and unconditional love means to the Lord, but also what it must always mean to me as the Lord restores me to full health over time.
Friendship is what we do in times of difficulty and discomfort Not what we do in times of ease and convenience.
In the end, I am not upset to have experiences which confirm that I have but only a few true friends.
Instead, I am very thankful for best friend I have- Jesus Christ! Moreover, for the two or three friends I do have, who love Jesus so much they are compelled to love me as I am, wherever I am, as the Lord compelled a true friend to do!