Proverbs 17:17 (HCSB)17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.
A sincere and hearty friend not only loves in the good times and the bad times. When we have plenty and when we have little.
We don’t have very many friends like that.
Proverbs 18:24 (HCSB)24 A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
Even after they abandoned him when He was arrested, didn’t believe the women when they told them that He had risen, after meeting them and sending them out and they went fishing, Jesus still called John and the rest of the disciples, His friends.
He called them His friends before these things happened and He still called them His friends afterwards. Here is what he said at the Passover meal, what we call the Last Supper,
John 15:13-15 (HCSB) 13 No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.15 I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father (Emphasis mine). He called them His friends three times in these three verses.
Here is what He said after His crucifixion, when He saw that they had gone back to their “old ways”
John 21:4-5 (NIRV) Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore. But the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, "Friends, don't you have any fish?" "No," they answered. (emphasis mine)
Jesus never changed His mind about them and He doesn’t change His mind about you.
You Can Experience Friendship with God
By Rick Warren
NOTE: Full scriptural text added by me.
“Since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life”(Romans 5:10 NLT).Your relationship to God has many different aspects: God is your Creator and Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Savior, and much more.
Psalm 89:26 (HCSB)26 He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the rock of my salvation.’
Isaiah 33:22 (HCSB)22 For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. He will save us.
John 13:13 (HCSB)13 You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am.
1 John 3:1 (HCSB)1 Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.
Jude 1:4 (HCSB)4 For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.
But the most shocking truth is this: Almighty God yearns to be your friend!In Eden we see God’s ideal relationship with us: Adam and Eve enjoyed an intimate friendship with God. There were no rituals, ceremonies, or religion—just a simple, loving relationship between God and the people he created. Unhindered by guilt or fear, Adam and Eve delighted in God, and he delighted in them.We were made to live in God’s continual presence, but after the Fall, that ideal relationship was lost. Only a few people in Old Testament times had the privilege of friendship with God. Moses and Abraham were called “friends of God,” David was called “a man after my own heart,” and Job, Enoch, and Noah had intimate friendships with God.
Genesis 5:22 (HCSB)22 And after the birth of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and fathered ⌊other⌋ sons and daughters.
Genesis 6:8 (HCSB)8 Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the LORD.
Exodus 33:11 (HCSB)11 The LORD spoke with Moses face to face, just as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his assistant, the young man Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the inside of the tent.
2 Chronicles 20:7 (HCSB)7 Are You not our God who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and who gave it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend?
Job 29:4 (HCSB)4 ⌊I would be⌋ as I was in the days of my youth when God’s friendship rested on my tent,
Isaiah 41:8 (HCSB)8 But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, My friend--
Acts 13:22 (HCSB)22 After removing him, He raised up David as their king and testified about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man loyal to Me, who will carry out all My will.’
James 2:23 (HCSB)23 So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.
But fear of God, not friendship, was more common in the Old Testament. Then Jesus changed the situation. When he paid for our sins on the cross, the veil in the temple that symbolized our separation from God was split from top to bottom, indicating that direct access to God was once again available.
Unlike the Old Testament priests who had to spend hours preparing to meet God, we can now approach God anytime.
Romans 5:11 (HCSB)11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.
Friendship with God is possible only because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (HCSB)18 Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
An old hymn says, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” but actually, God invites us to enjoy friendship and fellowship with all three persons of the Trinity:
1 John 1:3 (HCSB)3 what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (HCSB)9 God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Holy Spirit
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NLT2)14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
You Are Part of God’s Inner Circle
By Rick Warren
“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” (John 15:15 NIV).
The original Greek word for friend in this verse does not mean a casual acquaintance but a close, trusted relationship. The same word is used to refer to the best man at a weddingand a king’s inner circle of intimate, trusted friends. In royal courts, servants must keep their distance from the king, but the inner circle of trusted friends enjoy close contact, direct access, and confidential information.
That God would want me for a close friend is hard to understand. But the Bible says, “He is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you”
Exodus 34:14 (HCSB)14 You are never to bow down to another god because Yahweh, being jealous by nature, is a jealous God.
God deeply desires that we know him intimately. In fact, he planned the universe and orchestrated history, including the details of our lives, so that we could become his friends. The Bible says, “He made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him” (Acts 17:26-27 The Message).
Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure. God says, “If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and understand me . . . These are the things that please me” (Jeremiah 9:24 GNT).
It’s difficult to imagine how an intimate friendship is possible between an omnipotent, invisible, perfect God and a finite, sinful human being. It’s easier to understand a Master-servant relationship or a Creator-creation relationship or even Father-child. Yet God wants us as his friends, and that’s an incredible honor.
Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me it's amazing
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend
God Almighty, Lord of Glory
You have called me friend
He calls me friend
He calls me friend...