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Daily Reading: 17th August 2015

John 15.12-14 cont.

12 This is My commandment: that you should love one another, even as I love you.

13 No one has greater love than this that anyone should lay down his life for his friends.

14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.

It is natural for children to form friendships. This tends to happen earlier in today’s world than it used to do. This is because children are often at day care or nursery at an earlier age.

Some of the friendships that are formed will last for a life time. Some friendships will be a lot deeper than others. Some have what are known as best friends, where there is a special bond between them, a kind of emotional intimacy.

There are those who find it very difficult to make friends, and consequently go through childhood and adulthood in loneliness. It is a sad fact that there are many people, especially older people, who have no friends. They are devoid of the emotional intimacy that is very beneficial to us all.

Jesus told His disciples that they were His friends, because they did what He commanded them to do. This is the friendship of family. Jesus also said:

“Anyone who does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!” – Matthew 12.50 (NLT).

Doing the will of Jesus, and obeying His commands, brings us into a close and intimate friendship with Him that is being a part of His family.

Abraham was called the friend of God:

“Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous.” He was even called “the friend of God” – James 2.23 (NLT).

He was a man who was brave enough to do what God wanted Him to do. He left his father’s house and country and went to a distant place, under the direction of God. He didn’t always get things right; he made some big mistakes, but he believed God and followed Him. Therefore, he was called the friend of God.

Before we received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we were the enemies of God, but now, having received Him as our Lord and Saviour we are His friends, and we continue to be so.

We deepen our friendship with Him through obeying what He says.

Paul wrote:

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God – Romans 5.11 (NLT).

We display this friendship through doing what He says.

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