Monday, October 2, 2017
Friends - Communion meditation
By Colleen Podmore
At home, we have a new friend living with us. He is very loyal to us, always happy to see us when we turn up, no matter what the hour. He always comes to greet us and accepts the odd rebuke and is always forgiving. His name is Jimmy and he is a puppy.
I called him a friend – but is this correct? Can a dog be a friend? Can an animal be a friend?
Strictly speaking, no, because the definition of a ‘friend’ is a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relationships. I may experience this bond of mutual affection with an animal but they are not people so they are more companions than friends.
I know a couple who have been friends for about 10 years and are now more than friends. They are still friends but a better description of their changed relationship is they are boyfriend and girlfriend. A friend is someone exclusive of sexual relations.
At the place where I work there are about 80 people that I know. I wouldn’t describe them as friends – more like acquaintances.
I, like you have many relations scattered around the country and world. They are relatives, some may be friends as well but not because they are relatives.
The term ‘friend’ is often used very generally to describe many relationships and in some sense I think that the idea behind the word is lost. Having friends and being a friend is one of the most important relationships for people. You may be an orphan and single and still be blessed because a friend is always possible.
A friend is a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual and family relationships. A friend is someone with whom we have common interests. Friends do things together, care about each other. Anyone can be a friend and can have friends.
What do we look for in friends? What sort of friend do we want to be?
Do we cultivate friends who push us nearer to God, spurring us on to love and good deeds. And are we friends like that?
In conclusion, it says in John 15:13 ‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”
Jesus laid down his life on a cross for his friends – that’s you and me.
Our friend Jesus has asked us to remember Him in only one way and that is through His death on the cross, the bread we eat represents His body broken on the cross, a substitute for our sin, taking the penalty of our sin on Himself, giving His life as a ransom for many.
‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends’
We also take the cup, representing his life. The Bible says that life is in the blood (Lev 17:11). His life given for our redemption. What a friend we have in Jesus.
Let us never neglect our friends and our friend Jesus is particular
Lord we thank you for your sacrifice on the cross for our sin. We have come now to specifically remember that and thank you for dying in our place.
Please bless both the bread and the juice as we eat and drink together,
In Your Name Jesus, Amen.