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Reflections on Having Feared a Friend....

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It's frightening, isn't it, to realize that Jesus can read every thought and intent of our hearts. There is nothing--absolutely nothing--that is hidden from him. My smile may mask my hypocrisy, white lies may ease me out of embarrassing situations, the dislike in my heart may be hidden, I may have no intention of honoring my empty pledge. Jesus sees right through all of these!

I find it hard at times to have a friend like that. He knows too much about me. I often think he would be a better friend if I could keep a few things from him. I don't like to be uncomfortable, especially around friends, and he makes me uncomfortable sometimes. Yes, it's hard to have this Jesus for a friend.

But then trouble comes, leaving me heavy-hearted and unable to describe my innermost feelings. I talk to my friends; I try to explain what I am going through. My words are inadequate! I can't express how I feel. No one understands. Oh, if there were only someone who could understand and help.

Oh! There is Someone. I remember. He knows the things I need before I ask. His Spirit intercedes for me. He knows!

A friend like Jesus should not be feared. I should not resent his knowing the thoughts and intents of my heart. I can rejoice that he knows everything about me. When my words fail, he understands. When I fall, he understands. When I am a hypocrite, or a prevaricator, when hatred reigns within, he understands. And understanding, he loves.

This Friend is the Way to a higher life. I can be what I should be. He will help me. How great and magnificent! What a friend we have in Jesus!

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