Jesus – a friend who will never leave your side

I am not the best at being a friend!

Some friends I don’t speak to me anymore, I have fallen out or drifted away from them.

Some I swap Christmas letters with; others I have simply forgotten.

At this point I know I am not like some of you! But despite my record, I long to make new friends.

Friendships are important to our wellbeing, a part of what makes us human.

The Bible teaches that we were created for friendships, but even our best friendships are not what they ought to be.

At the moment some of those friendships have been put under incredible strain.

What we crave is the kind of friend that will stick with us through thick and thin.

A friend that will talk straight, never let us down, always be there for us, never too tired or too busy, one who gets us, who listens, who cares and can pick us up when we have stuffed up or things have gone pear-shaped.

But no man or woman can deliver this kind of friendship.

Proverbs 18:24 (NIV) 24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Our problem is that we keep looking to one another, or even to ourselves, for a friendship that only God can provide.

If you want an expert in friendship – don’t come to me.

In the Bible we discover Jesus: a friend who cares so much that he promises to never leave your side, to always care and tell you the truth – for your good and not for harm.

He was even willing to give up his life for you, while you weren’t even friends!

This friend will stick with you so that you can stick with others, even when they disagree with you.

– By Al Drye


Al Drye is the minister of St Paul’s Rakaia District