"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is
born for adversity."
The New Testament makes it clear that when we trust in Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we are reconciled to God. He is the initiator of this great truce. We bring nothing to the table but our own unrighteousness and hostility towards God, until the Holy Spirit begins to work in our hearts (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:22). We were enemies but now are friends through Christ. Words and eternity will never express the awesome reality of that truth.
While we must be careful not to reduce the majesty of God to merely human ideas, God does use ideas and images we understand to communicate truths to us. For example, God is our “refuge,” “fortress,” and our “Father.” He called both Moses and Abraham “friends.” In John 15:14 Jesus says that anyone who does what He commands is also His friend.
If we have repented and put our faith in Christ, we are God’s “friends.” Even though we fail daily and do not love God at all times, God’s Word reminds us nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39).
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR SENDING JESUS TO RECONCILE US WITH YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE SPIRIT IN US CONFIRMING WE ARE YOURS.
Bible In A Year
- 2 Samuel 1-2
- Psalm 136
- Ephesians 3-4