A friend and a brother are compared. Or is it that a friend becomes (is born) a brother when their love is displayed no matter the situation or circumstance? This is seen in a few relationships in the Bible, especially in Jesus who stated, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) And, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Apostle Paul wrote the Romans, “…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 4:6) Jesus calls me friend and brother.
No matter what Jesus my friend loves me. No matter what comes my way or what I have gotten myself into my brother Jesus is there in my adversity. When someone brings stress into my life such as this morning, Jesus comes to my aid and comforts me. Even when I make a terrible mistake and sin, Jesus my friend stays with me. He listens to my confession and forgives me. I will probably live with the consequences of my error and yet, Jesus will definitely, always live with me.