Fresh Hope – 8th January 2019

Isn’t it nice when someone calls you their friend?

It’s a lovely feeling and we all long for this acceptance from others. Friends share, listen, care and help each other. Without friends, life is tough. But with quality friends, great people who choose to be with us, we can handle almost anything. Friendship is a two-way street of course. It’s not nice to be in a relationship that’s meant to be a friendship, but, in reality it’s more like one-way traffic. Whether the other person is completely self-absorbed, or whether they are ‘all about you’ and won’t share their own heart, either way is grossly unsatisfactory.

It’s the most incredible thing to me to know that we can be friends with Almighty God. Scripture says that, Abraham was friends with God and it is possible for us to be friends with Him as well.

What stands out for me is that friends share their heart with each other. They feel they can safely entrust their inner thoughts to their friend. We know that we can share our hearts with God and can be assured that He listens to us. He is a great friend indeed, but what’s more touching for me is that He also wants to share His heart with us, just as any friend would.  Jesus said to the disciples ‘I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you’ (John 15:15). He shared His heart with them because He knew they were true friends. They didn’t just care about themselves; they cared about Jesus and what He had to say.

Psalm 25:14, it says The LORD confides in those who fear him’. How amazing is that? When we start caring about the things God cares about, He’ll start sharing His heart with us. It’s almost too hard to believe that God Himself would desire our friendship, and longs to share His heart with us. It should really make us long for a deeper friendship with Him.  He has done so much for us and it’s incredible that He loves us that much.

What a blessing it is that He brings us into His counsel, and we can have the enormous privilege of being called His friend! Let us ask Him to help us care about the things that matter to Him, so He might safely share them with us.

Christine Mudenha
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