Are You a Friend of God?

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I used to stand with my arms lifted high up in the air with over 50 or so other people in church singing the joyful song, “I am a friend of God.” I was a friend of God, for sure. Wasn’t I? We were all friends of God, weren’t we? But just because we were singing the song, and just because some of us believed in God, were we His friends? Are you?

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No matter how much we might want to think of ourselves as friends of God, it’s not as simple as singing happy songs in church and waving our hands in the air. Nor is at as easy as simply saying we believe in God. For the Lord Himself has something to say about who are His friends. And if anyone should know who God’s friends are, He should.

Jesus Christ makes it abundantly clear in the Bible that those who love Him and are His friends obey His commands. They obey His words. They obey His sayings.

Joh 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 
Joh 14:24  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. underlining and bold added

Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 
Joh 15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you

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What about God, our Father in heaven? Who does God consider His friends to be? Abraham was called a friend of God. Why? Because Abraham didn’t just believe in God. Abraham acted on his faith. He was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of love and obedience. His faith was perfected by his willingness to obey. Though God ultimately provided a ram for the sacrifice so Isaac’s life was spared, Abraham was justified by his faith which was demonstrated in love and obedience.

Jas 2:21  Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 
Jas 2:22  Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 
Jas 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God
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Faith in God.

Love for God.

Obedience to God.

Are you a friend of God?

Believe. Love. And obey. 

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