God, our Friend

god-our-friendFriendship. We were made for friendship. “Why would you think that?” you may be thinking. Well, when Adam was lonely, God made Eve. That wasn’t because Adam was imperfect. At that time, the world was perfect. Nothing was imperfect. So God made Eve for a different reason, and that was friendship. Adam was made for friendship. He needed it. And so are we. We are made for friendship.

So this is why we have that inner need to connect. This is why we desire close relationships with other people. It is part of our very being. But while these friendships are great and so absolutely amazing, they aren’t truly fulfilling. We’re sinful people. We live in a sinful world. Our friendships aren’t going to be perfect. We were made for a more perfect friendship/relationship. A relationship with God.

God is the only one who entirely fulfills our need for friendship. The best part of it is, He wants to have this relationship with us. That is a big difference from having to or needing to, He wants to.

This separates Christianity from other religions. No other “religion” (Christianity is a way of life, not a religion.) where God is considered a friend like He is in Christianity. And that is really really special.

God wants a relationship with each and every one of us. Now just think for a moment.

God wants to our friend.

Is that not mind-blowing? God, the Creator of the galaxies, wants to be our personal friend.

He made us for this purpose: to glorify Him. But in so doing, God made us to have a relationship with Him. To be friends with him.

And this friendship is clearly shown in the Bible.

John 15:13

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Jesus says this, then lives it out. He laid down his life for us, his friends. If nothing else shows God’s love for us, then this most blatantly does.

Romans 5:8

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Jesus gave his life for us, proving that he considers us friends. Proving that there could be no greater love than the love he has for us.

And his love has no bounds. It is endless. No one can love us as much as He does.

This is so so so important. I can not describe to you how important it is. It is something that is of infinite importance. It is so overwhelmingly incredible when you really take a moment to think it over.

Jesus gave his life for us to have new life in him. He loves us so much. And he wants our friendship so much that he gave up his life. What more can one give than his own life? Nothing.

And that is the cost of having a relationship with God: our lives. He wants us to submit our lives to His care. In return, we get to have a personal relationship with Him and when we die we live in Heaven with Him forever.

Is it not worth it? Jesus gave his perfect life up for us, so what is it really to give up our sinful lives to Him?

This is something that we can’t just pass over and forget about. Deciding whether to have that relationship with Christ is the most important decision you will ever make.

Our relationship with God is what ultimately defines us. Nothing else will really matter in the end.

-G. Paige

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