Time with a Friend

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"The Lord is a friend to those who fear Him. He teaches them His covenant." (Psalm 25:14 NLT)

"For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God." (Romans 5:10-11 NLT)

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves because a master does not confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask, using my name. This is my command: Love each other." (John 15:13-17 NLT)

We read about many of the patriarchs who experienced friendships with God. Adam and Eve were in the garden where God walked. Enoch walked with God. Job stated, "God's friendship was felt in my home." (Job 29:4) "Abraham believed God and God counted him as righteous ... He was even called a friend of God." (James 2:23) Moses was one He trusted and spoke "to him face to face, clearly and not in riddles!" (Numbers 12:8) Jesus befriended Mary, Martha and Lazarus. He called His disciples friends. Jesus had closer friendships with Peter, James and John. He extended friendship to Zacchaeus the tax collector when He went to his house. Jesus made special appearances after His resurrection to his friends, Mary Magdalene and Thomas.

Because of Jesus' death on the cross, we can be a friend of God. What an overwhelming privilege to be chosen and called a friend of God. We have a friend who is willing to lay down His life and "sticks closer than a brother." Like all friendships, our friendship with God requires our time. There are limitless advantages and promises that can be accessed through this relationship, but we need to spend time with Him praying, reading His Word and listening to His voice to receive them. He also wants us to love and spend time fellowshipping with His other friends and fellow believers.

God is ready to give us whatever we ask for in Jesus' name. He wants to give us a rich and satisfying life following His perfect plan. God wants to lavish us with an abundance of delights, grace, power and supply of all we need. We already possess "a priceless inheritance - an inheritance that is kept in Heaven" for us as God's friend.

So let us open our hearts and prioritize our time in order to spend time with a friend who has such extravagant love for us.

Our God Hears!
-Nonna Neal