Be a Good Friend

Matthew 10:32-33 (NLT®)
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”

Have you ever known someone who would acknowledge you in private but not in public? Perhaps, as a young person, you had a neighborhood friend who was glad to hang out with you at home but would not sit with you in the cafeteria at school. Perhaps you have a coworker who is friendly in private but ignores you when others are present. That scenario is painful, no matter your age. But what about us and our relationship with the Lord? Are we willing to acknowledge our Savior publicly, or are we afraid of what others might think? If our relationship with Him is strong and healthy, negative comments shouldn’t bother us. In fact, we should be proud to stand up for Him, and tell what He means to us and what He has done for us.

We must never forget that whatever we choose to do here on Earth—acknowledge Him or deny Him—will be reciprocated by Jesus before our Father in Heaven.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for ever not owning my relationship with You before others. Jesus, You are my greatest Source of life, and I want all those around me to realize I belong to You. Help me be a good friend and always honor You. In Your name, amen.


Allen Jackson
Senior Pastor, World Outreach Church

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