“I have called you friends”
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS!
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Every now and then, we hear of someone who gets a job only because of someone they know. They don’t deserve the position, they were accepted because of someone else.
We as Christians are the most blessed because we know someone. God took the step toward us, we didn’t earn our relationship with Jesus and we can’t perform well enough to be worthy of it. It’s a gift and a humbling truth!
The good news is that since there is nothing we did to deserve this relationship with Him, there is nothing we can do to cause it to end. The Bible teaches us that once you have received Jesus into your heart, He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
When we see God’s gift of a relationship to each of us, despite our quirks and shortcomings, we can rest from trying to gain God's love and simply acknowledge it as true even when we might not feel it.
A relationship that is surrounded by acceptance and love despite our quirks is what we find when we receive Jesus as our Savior. It’s interesting to me how a person responds when they know they are loved. Unless there is a narcissistic disorder, the response is usually natural reciprocity.
Paul wrote, “thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.” (Romans 6:17).
Loving God back should naturally happen in our lives. If it doesn't, we have probably lost sight of how much we are loved by God in the first place.
Every one of us in the family of God is on a journey of discovering the truth that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:39)
We are all on this journey of life as we strengthen our faith and grow in our understanding of just how much God loves us. As the poem from the 1880’s read, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus!”
He loved you first, now who will you love?
Lord, help us to love others as you have loved me.