More than Friends
Who does God call friend in the Word? and who are His beloved?
The first case of “friendship” recorded may have been that of Enoch which was alluded to in Genesis 5:24 in that he was “walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him”. God walked in the Garden of Eden in the evening (Gen 3:8) and one can suppose that perhaps before the fall Adam and Eve walked and talked with Him as friends as well.
The next recorded instance of friendship was recorded in Exodus (33:11) when it was said that "the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend”. Abraham was also said to be friend of God’s as recounted by James, Jesus’ brother who said, “and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness —and he was called a friend of God” (James 2:23).
God called David a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). David was great friends with Jonathan (King Saul’s Son)."Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” (1 Sam 18:1). What is the hallmark of a friend? According to scripture, “A friend loves at all times” - Proverbs 17:17.
Later, Jesus said “I have called you friends” in John 15:15, and He laid down His very life for us. Further, Jesus told us that there is a way that we can prove our friendship to Him, and that is to do what He commands us (John 15:14). Another way for us to show that we are a friend to God is to respect Him. According to the New Living Translation of the Bible, “the Lord is a friend (Strong’s: intimate) to those who fear (Strong’s: respect, revere) Him” (Ps 25:14). Today because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, we are reconciled to God…we are friends! God is our friend, and we are His.
Today, in fact, we are more than friends, we are beloved! Only Israel (Deu 33:12), Daniel (10:11), and John (21:20) were said to be beloved in the Bible, until Jesus died for us. Now we are called beloved too (Romans 1:7). Do you believe that you are beloved of God deep down inside where you live? Believe it! Call on Jesus to help you live it today!
© 2016 Susan Grove