Friday, September 14, 2012

A True Friend

John 15:14: Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

God created man to be His friend. If we are the friends of Jesus we have deliberately and carefully to lay down our life for Him. It is difficult, and thank God it is! When once the relationship of being the friends of Jesus is understood, we shall be called upon to exhibit to everyone we meet the love He has shown to us. Watch the kind of people God brings across your path, you will find it is His way of picturing to you the kind of person you have been to Him.—“You are My child, the friend of My Son, now exhibit to that ‘hedge-hoggy’ person the love I exhibited to you when you were like that towards Me; exhibit to that mean, selfish person exactly the love I showed you when you were mean and selfish.” We shall find ample room to eat “humble pie” all the days of our life. The thing that keeps us going is to recognize the humor of our heavenly Father in it all, and we shall meet the disagreeable person with a spiritual chuckle because we know what God is doing, He is giving us a mirror that we may see what we have been like towards Him; now we have the chance to prove ourselves His friends, and the other person will be amazed and say—“Why the more I poke her, the sweeter she gets!” and will tumble in where we tumbled in, into the grace of God. ~ Oswald Chambers
The God of the universe calls us friends….let that sink into your heart this afternoon.

God is a true friend.

V  Not afraid to tell you when you are making a mistake

V  Proverbs 27:6: Faithful are the wounds of a friend….

V  Interested in your holiness, not necessarily your happiness

V  Proverbs 27:17: Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

V  He loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17)

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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