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“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. … A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT).

Even though that text strongly advocates that we have friends, I think “who needs ‘em” and often prefer to be alone. God understands my tendency, but He knows I need someone to pick me up. Fortunately, I have three friends who refuse to let me ignore or unfriend them and, as a result, have picked me up many times.

Not only did Jesus inspire the Ecclesiastes’ text, He also showed us by example.

Mark 14, (NKJV) verse 32: "Then they [Jesus and His 11 disciples] came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, 'Sit here while I pray.'”

Three Best Friends

In this verse, Jesus involves His small group. He asks them to pray for Him, but leaves them as He continues into the garden with His three best friends.

Verse 33 and 34: "And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.'”

He loves and needs the 11, but He’s most comfortable being vulnerable with His three best friends. According to Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible, “He ordered his disciples to keep with him, not because he needed their help, but because he would have them to look upon him and receive instruction he said to them, Tarry ye here and watch. He had said to the other disciples nothing but, Sit ye here (Mark 14:32) but these three he bids to tarry and watch, as expecting more from them than from the rest.” 1 

If my Savior needed a few best friends, how much more should I have someone with me in good and bad times.

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By Dee Litten Reed. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW LIVING TRANSLATION © 1996 and the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

1 http://www.studylight.org/com/mhm/view.cgi?book=mr&chapter=014

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