You’ve Got A Friend
By Dennis Love
The One Person that we as believers need to become more acquainted with is our friend the Holy Spirit. Way back in 1971, James Taylor released a song entitled: You’ve Got A Friend. Most of us, if not all of us have heard and sung along with this song at some point and time in our lives. A few of the lines in that song goes something like this:
When you’re down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah, to see you again
Winter, spring-summer, or fall
All you have to do is call and I’ll be there—yes I will
You’ve got a friend—You’ve got a friend
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend
Oh, yeah yeah yeah, ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
We all need a friend, Amen! Life is too lonesome and the journey down here is way too treacherous to travel without a friend. And the good news is we have a friend in the person of the Holy Spirit. When the disciples had questions about problems who did they go to? They went to Jesus because He had the answers. When the disciples wanted to know about prayer, who did they go to? They went to Jesus and said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” What did Jesus do? He taught them to pray. When the disciples were stressed out about their lives, who did they go to? They simply called out to Jesus and He was there to get them through the messes of life. Jesus was their friend and they were constantly turning to their friend for advice and help. So when Jesus left His disciples, He didn’t leave them without a friend. Jesus said in John 14:18; “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” We have two Comforters. One is right now in Heaven and the other is right now living within us. We have a friend in Jesus and we have a friend in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also referred to as our Helper and our Advocate. He’s our Friend, and I like that word best. We know what a friend is. A friend is someone who sticks with you in the good, in the bad, and in the ugly times of life. James Taylor said it best in the song when he said, “I’ll come running to you.” We have a Friend who comes running to us whenever we call. A friend is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out. A friend is someone who knows all there is to know about you, but they love you anyway. THIS FRIEND IS THE HOLY SPIRIT. And when we come to understand that we do have a Friend, it can transform our lives as believers and that’s something for us all to think about!
Dr. Dennis Love is the Senior Pastor at Glenwood Baptist Church in Marion, NC. He and his wife Vicki have been married for 39 years. They have been in Marion for 5 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. You can visit the Glenwood Baptist Church Facebook page or The Glenwood Baptist Church Website
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