Bible Verse: “He said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)

Scripture Reading: John 4:18-22; John 19:17-27

Men and women from all walks of life were considered to be friends of Jesus. At one moment, He even took the radical step of no longer calling His disciples “servants” – He called them friends (John 15).

Yet, in the midst of the hundreds of relationships Jesus had, He personally selected twelve men that He would spend every day with for three years. Within that twelve, there were three men who He appeared to be even closer with (Peter, James, and John).

John became known as the “one Jesus loved.” His friendship with John was so close that, while Jesus was taking his final breaths, He asked John to take care of His mother. In the midst of the busyness of His life, and the eternal priorities that He was responsible for, Jesus committed Himself to build strong friendships with a few other men. If friendships were important to Jesus, how much more important is it for us to have good friendships with other men?

If you were taking your final breaths, who are the men that you would ask to take care of your family while you are gone? Who are some men you could begin to build friendship with?

— Kirk Giles, President, Promise Keepers Canada

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