What does it mean to be a friend?

Is it a relationship based on shared time or mutual interests? Or a common connection like school, sports, or work? One great description for friendship is trust. It’s simply an earned confidence that says, “I trust this person.” The Bible describes Abraham in various ways, but there’s something extra special about this one:

“And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.” – James 2:23 NKJV

He was called the “Friend of God.” He trusted the Lord with a proven confidence in Him and His character. But for two people to form a friendship, it must go both ways. If one is always the taker, and the other is always the giver; the friendship eventually fails. With God, His part is always faithful and true, so it’s up to us to reciprocate; and Abraham did. In practicality, that means we initiate conversations with Him, listen to what He says (as coming from one who loves us), while also believing He still cares when circumstances may suggest otherwise.

Could your relationship with God be accurately described as “friendship”? Jesus not only forgives sin (which is huge), He also made the way for us to know God. He said to His followers, “I have called you friends” (John 15:15). What will that friendship look like today for you?

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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