We have a special place in our heart for our best friend. We love to spend time with this person and we share our deepest secrets, joys and fears with them that we do not feel safe sharing with anyone else.
Jesus considers us His friends as well. We are not His slaves, lacking the privilege of knowing what He is thinking and planning; but we are His friends and He shares with us everything that our Father shares with Him (John 15:15).
He gives us eternal life, which is the privilege of intimately knowing Him; and through knowing Him, we know our Father God. Jesus set an example for us to focus on and to accomplish what God planned for us to do with our life (John 17:1-4).
He enables us to keep God's Word and to live as testimonies for Him in the world (John 17:5-8). He gives us everything, which our Father gives to Him, so that He can be glorified in each one of us (John 17:9-10).
He intercedes for us to our Heavenly Daddy in order for God to keep us safe in this world and to allow us the intimate union with God that Jesus enjoyed, even while in His human form on this earth (John 17:11-12).
When He suffered for our sins on the cross, and knew He was going home to our Father in the glories of Heaven, He asked God to give us His joy in our hearts, so we could successfully endure the trials of life and the wiles of Satan while we live on this earth (John 17:13-15).
Jesus endured the sanctifying process in His human form, so that we would have His example and presence in us to submit to the Holy Spirit's sanctifying work in us and in all of those who come to Christ through our testimony to them as well (John 17:16-20).
Father God, thank You that Jesus made it possible for us to abide in unity with You, just as He enjoyed in His human form, and also to live in union with one another. Through Jesus in us, we have Your agape love available to us to receive and then to share with others (John 17:20-26).
Your agape love is not self-seeking and is freely and unconditionally given - especially to people we do not like or are even repulsed by. Remind us to view everyone as a sinner in need of Your grace; and help us not to judge others by their behavior, but by Your grace and mercy.
Thought for the Day:
When everyone else in the world rejects us for their own reasons, we can always count on Jesus to stick closer to us than a brother. - Proverbs 18:24