blog-header

Everyday Peacemaker

Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: A Friend

by P. Brian Noble / November 22, 2019

Scripture

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.(John 15:15, ESV)

Thoughts

You are a friend of Jesus. He has not hidden from you anything that the Father has revealed to him. He has made all known to you as his friend. Think about a friend or true companion—how does he or she act and how is closeness developed? In these two proverbs you will see three characteristics of a friend or true companion, and one characteristic of an enemy:

A friend loves at all times,

   and a brother is born for adversity.  (Proverbs 17:17, ESV)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend;

   profuse are the kisses of an enemy.(Proverbs 27:6, ESV)

A friend loves no matter what. Jesus is this kind of friend showing constant, unfailing love. He walks with you through your adversity. He affirms and reassures, and he also is faithful to correct you. His correction may feel like a wound at the time, but in the long run it is a blessing. 

Application

What type of friend are you? Are you a friend who only blows meaningless kisses? Or are you a faithful friend who is willing to love at all times? Here’s what I know: going through adversity together, or working through a conflict, can develop true closeness.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be a true friend to others. Help me to stay faithful even in the midst of adversity and differences…. Continue praying.

Tags: devotion

0 Comments
previous post Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: Forever
Next Post Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: In Everything
P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.