Being God’s friend

 

John. 15:14 “Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you”  — Jesus

I think we all know someone who thinks that they are big stuff because they have “friends in high places.” Realistically those earthly “friends in high places” are nothing when you realize that you can call the Creator and Director of this universe your friend.

However, I think John 15:14 is often misunderstood and I hope that after reading this post you can gain a more accurate view of your friendship with God.

A good friendship is a two way relationship, you must want to be someone’s friend, and they must want to be yours.

Jesus has shown His desire to be our friend

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus’ desire to be our friend has nothing to do with our actions. Jesus showed His friendship to us while we hated and rebelled against His commandments. It is absurd to even begin to think that we need to “convince” Jesus to want to be our friend through our good works. How then could vs.14 fit in with vs. 13?

How to show God our desire: Obey Him. . .

Because Jesus’ love is unconditional, the extent of your friendship with God is determined by you. Jn.15:14 is basically saying “if you want to show your friendship to God, keep His commandments.” It has the same idea as Jn. 14:15 “If ye love me keep my commandments”. This principle means that your relationship with God is dependent on the extent that you love Him which is shown through your works.

By loving others

God is not seeking perfection, but rather obedience. Two verses earlier God is a little more specific when He says “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He boiled all the commandments down to two, “love God” and “love your neighbor.” God was trying to explain was that it was not dutiful actions, but our love toward Him and others that showed our friendship to God

Application

If you can say that you have a strong friendship with God, what difference does it make in our everyday life? Personally, I think realizing that God is my friend has really helped my prayer life. Here are some applicable principles about prayer that I have realized. Please let me know any applications that you can think of.

Approach Him through prayer like a friend and not just a King.

        1. Approach Him with confidence that He will do what is best for you.
        2. Approach Him boldly
        3. No problem is too small to talk to Him about
        4. You don’t have to ask Him for something every time you pray, just praise Him sometimes.
        5. Although being respectful is a must, you don’t have to pray using the Sunday School formula (head bowed, eyes closed, using King James language), talk to him like you would a friend.
        6. Approach Him as often as you would a friend
        7. ??? What ideas do you have?
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