Who is your best friend?

Alone?  Never!  Not if you have put your trust in Christ as your Lord and savior.  When my military men’s Bible study fellowship was doing a study of the Holy Spirit (a great study, by the way), I made the remark that I had always considered the Holy Spirit as my “best friend”.  And that is literally true for me.  I don’t know if that sounds corny or naive or what, but it is what I truly feel.  In times of trouble, loneliness, heartache… I’ve felt the Holy Spirit was always with me.  To comfort me, to advise me, to guide me.   I’ve had mortal friends to come and go with varying degrees of faithfulness, and I have been blessed by those relationships.  But the Holy Spirit has never disappointed me, and has always had my best interests at heart. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17).  It is interesting that some Bible translations will separate the thought in verse 15 from verses 16 and 17.  But notice the “And” at the beginning of verse 16 which connects our action (trusting in and obeying Christ) with the result (the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our “best friend”):

15 “If you love me, keep my commands.  16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate  to help you and be with you forever-17 the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him,  because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

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