Friend of God

Friend of God.

Friendship happens between people who share religious beliefs and people who don’t. Friendship doesn’t require complete agreement in religion or politics or world views or personal interests. Even in Christianity there exists a variety of streams of beliefs and practices that’s one reason why there are so many denominations. The trick is in how the friends deal with their differences. Are their differences points of contention or do they enrich the friendship, by showing that the each person accepts the other though they don’t share beliefs?

Matthew’s Gospel tells us Jesus taught His followers the Great Commandment and the Golden Rule, Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, this is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.” NIV  

A successful friendship is based on concern and care for the other person, a successful friendship seeks a win-win situation. The people don’t need to always agree but to respect and care for the other as for themselves. In New Testament this kind of love is called “agape” love. It’s a sacrificial love, that doesn’t focus on differences but on the value and worth of each person. Someone who modeled this kind of love perfectly is Jesus Christ. Jesus gave Himself completely on the cross so that we could be restored to a right relationship with God, a relationship that is based on our faith and our friendship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 15:15 “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.” NIV