Friend of God

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READ:  Romans 5:8-11 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.  

Growing up I had a best friend. Her name was Sesyle.   We only lived about a half a mile away from each other so we would ride our bikes back and forth to each others homes.  I remember her mom making us wonderful chocolate chip cookies, and I remember doing things with her family.  I knew that she was my friend and she was with me through thick and thin..... in the things we went through up through middle school.   She moved away then.... and we lost track of each other over the years, but I still remember my childhood friend with great happiness to this day.   

It's wonderful to have a best friend, but as I have grown further in my walk with Jesus, I realize that no one comes close to the friend I have in Jesus.  He has been with me through the darkest times, when I was going through very scary health problems for many years.    I learned to lean on Him in a way that I could never lean on a human being and He was able to give me strength, comfort, and love in the ways that I needed at just the right time.   

He has also blessed me with wonderful things in life that bring me joy - especially my sons.  They made me a mother (something I always wanted to be) and they truly make my life fun!    

The Word for today tell us that God showed incredible love for us - when he sent his own son, Jesus to die for us.  We were nothing but filthy sinners and yet He loved us so much!!!  The price that Jesus paid has made us in RIGHT STANDING with God the Father.  Our friendship with God was restored by the death of Jesus --- through Jesus Christ --- we have been made a "friend of God".     

Thank Jesus today for the price He paid for YOU.   Accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord - puts you in right standing with God the Father.    PRAISE THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS!   

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15