Across The Preacher’s Desk: Friendship

September 9, 2021 - One of the most elusive things in our lives are friends. We might have some we consider to be our friends, yet, they later prove themselves to be what are known as “fair weather friends”. When the going gets tough, often they are nowhere to be found. There is one friend who will never let us down and that is God.
When we turn to the word of God, we find a man who was known as a “friend of God”. That is what James tells us about Abraham in James 2:23, he was “called the Friend of God”. Have you ever thought about that? Have you ever considered what a high honor that was for Abraham?

Abraham believed God. Faith is something that must be present for us to be pleasing to God. The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God. Yet, Abraham did more than this. He obeyed God, he feared God and he had a deep concern for the lost.

With God there is no such thing as being a partial friend. There is no such thing as being an acquaintance. James also tells us in James 4:4 that the friendship of the world is enmity with God. That whosoever is a friend of the world is the enemy of God. The question we must ask ourselves is could it be said of us that we are the friend of God?  Are we living our lives as friends of God or friends of the world?
It’s something to think about…..TBP

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