(I have been wanting to do a series of posts about friendship, and specifically about being a friend of God. This is the final post of the series. Previous posts are listed below.)
- Being A Friend – Accepting others as-is. God accepts me as-is; shouldn’t I do the same?
- Becoming A Very Good Friend – My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Am I willing to do that for my friends?
- Being A Very Good Friend – The art of being a very good friend requires practice.
- Best Friends: Sacred Ground – Being willing to invite others into the secret places of our heart.
- Best Friends: Holy Influence – Being open to the influence of those closest to us.
- Best Friends: Long, Long Journey – part 1 – Living out a shared life, with God.
- Best Friends: Long, Long Journey – part 2 – Endurance is a trait of being best friends. After all, eternity is a long time.
- Best Friends: Making Memories – A life worth remembering: living and loving abundantly.
- Best Friends: Offerings – God gives us His best: Himself. Can we do the same for Him and our other friends?
- Best Friends: Friend Of God – Living out a shared life with God.
I want to pass on something I heard in an episode of Restoring The Shack with Wm. Paul Young that helps me comprehend how God relates with us. It reminds me of the very best traits of being a friend.
- The attributes of love are listed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- God is love
- Therefore, can we substitute “God” for “love” in those verses, which would look like this:
God is patient and kind
God does not envy or boast
God is not arrogant or rude
God does not insist on His own way
God is not irritable or resentful
God does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth
God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
God never ends
God never fails
Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?
“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life” Psalm 27:4