Thursday Quote Day: R.J. Palacio

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from a book that was turned into a film (which has become one of my favorite films):

“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” (R.J. Palacio Wonder)

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Thursday Quote Day: G.K. Chesterton

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton:

“Only friendliness produces friendship. And we must look far deeper into the soul of man for the thing that produces friendliness.”  (G.K. Chesterton)

Sunday Devotional: John 15:12-17

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, 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. 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. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:12-17

One of the best things in the world is to have a good friend.  One that is there with you through thick and thin.  One that you can rely on and trust.  One that cares about you and your well being and wants the best for you.

It is such a blessing to know that as a follower of Jesus, not only is He our Lord and Savior, He is also our friend.  He tells His disciples in John 15 about how much they should love one another and what that entails.  Jesus wasn’t one to just say and not do.  He also showed His love and what that meant giving of His life.  He embodied what it meant to lay down His life.  He did this so that we could have a restored relationship.  He did this so that we could call Him friend.

This week, let us live in the love that Christ has given to us.  Let us share that love with others.  And let us remember the true friendship we have with Jesus as followers of Him.