28th January 2009

A FRIEND OF GOD

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you”.

John 15:15

Do you know that you are a friend of God? That, along with the other relationships used to describe our intimacy with God, friendship is a key concept?

The basis for Abraham’s relationship with God was friendship. 2 Chronicles 20:7 describes Abraham as God’s “friend forever”. See also Isaiah 41:8, “Abraham, My friend”. In referring to Abraham who believed all that God had to say, the apostle James writes that “he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23).

More and more in conversations with friends and family, our problems appear to be with relationships. My own experience tells me to keep trying – don’t be discouraged when there are ups and downs. The old adage is that it takes two to make a relationship, and that is a fact!

Our spiritual relationship with God is different and very special. This is the only truly reliable relationship that we can have. Of course, as with all relationships, it can take time and effort. It began with God – “in this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us” (1 John 4:10). God is always there for us (Hebrews 13:5). HOW WONDERFUL IS THAT!!

The friendship relationship and the Father-Son relationship, as demonstrated by God and Jesus Christ, illustrate for us the togetherness we have in God. We must keep trying to build every relationship we have, but the most vital one is with God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Dear Father, how wonderful it is that I can form a relationship with you. Help me to recognise that you are always here, ready to renew and develop our friendship.

Amen

Study by Marlene Cliff

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