Christmas is a time often spent with family and friends, exchanging gifts and sharing food and time together.
It is a time to reflect on friendships – those we have, and even perhaps those we wished we had. Friendships truly are an amazing gift and a good friendship will keep giving (both ways) throughout the year.
Yet, the greatest gift of friendship comes from God himself. Friendship with God is not earned by pretence, or doing and saying the right thing.
It was when Jesus was on the cross that He made it possible for us to be friends with God forever. Jesus was born and lived among us to reach out to us with an everlasting friendship that’s always available, always powerful and always sacrificial.
Friendships can be lost as we grow and mature, move or change interests. But Jesus’ commitment to you and me remains the same. Jesus is truly the gift that keeps on giving.