Bible Studies Devotional Words Of Encouragement By Lynne Conley / last year Share Tweet Pin Share The Need for True Friendship Scripture Text: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42 KJV It is most important that we recognize our desires for close friends. During Jesus’ ministry he had many friends, and many people He was friendly with. However, Jesus was very close to only a few people. In the scriptures we find that He was close to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, and they were Jesus’ closest friends during that time. This family was a brother and two sisters. They lived in a place in Bethany. On Jesus’ travels he often stayed with His friends. He became very close to them. When Mary and Martha heard that their friend was coming, Martha immediately dropped everything she was doing to make the preparations for the house and food that was necessary to host a guest. Instead of helping her sister, Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She wanted to feel that fellowship and hear His word. ‘’ But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me’’.( Luke 10:40) (KJV) The word cumbered means: to overload; burden.( Dictionary.com) What was this needful thing Jesus was talking about and referring too? It was the communing together of close friends! It’s so important that we have friends. It’s not wise to share our thoughts, passions, desires, and dreams with everybody. There are a few people in your life that you will be able to do this with… It’s most important we find those people… That person we can speak our hearts and they really down deep care for us and the feelings are mutual. Our closest friends are the only ones who we can relate to the dreams. Our closest friends are the only ones that feel for us… They watch out for us and we have common interests, they feel our pain, they cry when we cry, they laugh when we laugh. That kind of fellowship invaluable and irreplaceable…’’And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.’’ (1 Samuel 18:1) (KJV) Make the time for our best friends!