“A friend loves at all times,…” Proverbs 17:17
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
When I called a precious friend and sister in the Lord to share with her something with which I struggled, unlike so much of this world that so often rushes by and doesn’t notice the needs of others or notices but doesn’t take the love, time, care, and compassion to stop and lovingly and humbly help, my friend loved me, encouraged me, counseled me, sacrificed her time for me, prayed for me – and cried for me. She cried in her love for Jesus and her mercy for me.
Only a few times in my life have I ever experienced that depth of love. The tears told it all. Her compassion for me was the compassion of Christ pouring through her as she yielded herself to the Lord and His love and will.
Oh, if only we would all love like this. But how short we fall, don’t we? Myself included. Let us strive, friend, to love the Lord with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. Love, mercy, grace, tears and all!