Have you ever thought of God as a friend? People may think He’s all powerful, He’s Lord, He’s Savior, He’s Father…but He is also a friend.
Jesus told His disciples, “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.” -John 15:15
“A friend loves at all times…” -Proverbs 17:17
“ And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.” -James 2:23
What is friendship?
Wikipedia describes friendship as “a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association…”
“Certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend.”
- God showers you with blessings, love, generosity, forgiveness.
- He’s always there for you, watching over you, comforting you, giving you hope and joy.
- He knows everything about you– He SEES the real you, yet He loves you anyways.
- We can come to Him knowing He will always listen and be on our side.
- God shows mercy and gave Jesus to us as a sacrifice.
*These are beautiful examples of a great friend.
Dan Delzell writes about friendship with God in Christianpost.com. He reminds us: “Jesus gave up His body for you on the cross. What more could He have given to show you how much He loves you? And without Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, you and I would have no access to the Father. But through Christ, we have an open door and an open heart from our loving God.”
I love that reflection – that we have an open heart from our loving God.
How can you be a great friend to God? What are ways you come to Him to share your life and improve your relationship with Him? Christianity Today writes some steps to better your friendship with God. http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/truelifestories/ithappenedtome/8-steps-to-better-friendship-with-god.html
First step is taking more time with Him. We can’t be good friends with someone if we never spend time with them!
As you find God in your life and feel His presence and spend more time with Him, you will gain new understandings and love. “God might give you an understanding of something you’ve never noticed before.” “‘Any time that you spend with God, He can use it to teach you and to grow your faith.'”
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for being a good friend. Thank you for your gift of eternal life and thank you for opening up your heart to us. Fill our hearts with your love and make us better friends. Amen.