Summary: first of 4 on Friendship with God. Abraham was called the friend of God. You can also be called the friend of God.

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Friendship with God

A friend comes when all others leave

JACKIE ROBINSON was the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues. Breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced hostile crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, he committed an error. The fans began to jeer him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the crowd booed. Then, without saying a word, shortstop Pee Wee Reese went over and stood next to Jackie. He put his arm around him and faced the crowd. Suddenly the fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that that arm around his shoulder saved his career.

Most of us want and need that kind of friend. One who stands with you – even after you screw up a play in your life.

That is the kind of friend God wants to be in your life.

That is the kind of friend that a man named Abraham had in the creator God.

A friend of God

James 2:23

“…Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.” d And Abraham was called God’s friend.

I want to point out that the great, almighty, ever-present and all-powerful, all-knowing God himself calls Abraham his friend.

This was not Abraham’s assessment of his relationship with God, nor is it how he thought about God.

This is God’s assessment of His relationship with a little unimportant man named Abraham.

“Friend” is a very interesting description of a relationship between a man and God. It is an intimate idea and it conveys a sense of closeness, trust, and comradeship.

Is such a relationship possible? Can we enjoy that same kind of relationship with God?

The answers are yes and yes! Let me show you what it takes – The apostle John – who just happened to be Jesus best and closest friend on this earth – puts it this way…

Friendship is about Love

John 15:13

The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends.

Our very best friends are those who we trust with our most important and secret selves. They know us. They understand us. They love us anyway.

That’s why marriage is one of the images of our relationship with God. The basis of a good marriage is not physical compatibility. It isn’t shared goals. It isn’t even the same political leanings. The basis of a good marriage is friendship. And friendship begins with trust.

My wife Donna is my friend. She could hurt me more than anyone else in this world. She has chosen to trust me and be my friend. She has chosen to give her life for me and I am indebted to her.

Jesus has wants that kind of friendship with you. He has trusted you with his life so you will trust him with his.

True friends support each other. True friends sacrifice for each other. True friends are dependable – they’re always there when needed. True friends will die for you if that is what is required. Soldiers in battle have given their lives for their buddies.

Jesus died for you. He is your friend.

Friendship is about Confidence

John 15:15

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I heard from my Father.

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