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Formed To Be Friends Of God (4 of 8)
Series: Purpose Driven Life
OPEN: Friendship is an elusive commodity. I have sought quotes and illustrations on this topic and found only a few observations I found to be enlightening... but the few that I did find were enlightening:
One Native American Indian Tribe described a friend as: "someone who carries my sorrows on his back."
Someone else has observed: A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out
One little boy gave this definition: "A person who knows us - and still likes us."
But my favorite definition of friendship is one given by famous philosopher - Winnie the Pooh:
If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day,
so I never have to live without you.
True friends are as precious as jewels because they are the ones that stay close beside you, when you need them the most.
Jesus said - that when you and I became Christians... we became His friends. And that got me to thinking... What exactly is a friend of God? What do friends of God do? What do you DO as a friend of God?
I. Then I remembered some other friends of God...
Exodus 33:11 tells us that when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, "The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend..."
God spent time with His friends and He talked with them - people like Moses and Abraham and others. And that's what He did with Adam and Eve. Before they sinned, God walked in the Garden with them - and He talked with them
And I believe that's part of the reasoning behind one of the great songs of our faith. Sing it with me:
"And He walks with me, and He talks with. And He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share, as we tarry there none other has ever known."
Remember that? It's a beautiful song. And it tells of one of the greatest privileges we have God's friends:
- The privilege to talk with God and know that H ...
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