March 30th 2009

Becoming Best Friends With God

“I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. You are my friends if you obey me.”
John 15:12-14 (NLT)

Your relationship to God has many different aspects:
God is your Creator and Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Saviour, and much more.

But the most shocking truth is this:
Almighty God yearns to be your Friend!

Friendship with God is possible only because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus.
The old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus”, but actually, God invites us to enjoy friendship and fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity – our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

The word for friend in this verse does not mean a casual acquaintance but a close and trusted relationship.
The same word is used to refer to the best man at a wedding, and a king’s inner circle of intimate trusted friends.

In royal courts servants must keep their distance from the king, but the inner circle of trusted friends enjoys close contact, direct access, and confidential information.

Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure.
God says, “If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and understand me. These are the things that please me.”

Prayer
Father, I stand amazed that You should call me Your friend.
Thank You that through Your Son Jesus I can get to know You.
Help me to grow closer to You today.
Amen

Study by Fraser Murdoch 

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