We are Friends of the Lord

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

John 15:15

In the times in which we live, true friends seem to be an endangered species. That is why there are likely to be people who do not fully understand what John 15:15 says. Jesus called His disciples friends because He had made known to them all the things of His Father. And just as He called friends to His first followers, He also calls us friends whom we have believed in Him. All the things that the Son of God heard from His Father has made them known through the Bible. That is why He no longer calls us servants but friends.

What are friends? A friend is a person who understands you, accompanies you, shares similar things, someone you can trust and is a person who will be by your side in the good and bad, but really all the people we call friends are they friends? Sadly reality is a NO. And I can guarantee that from my own experience. During my last great crisis, the majority who called themselves my friends turned their backs on me. Only a few, the real ones, stayed and I will have them as my friends the rest of my life.

The word friend has also been completely adulterated for some years. Even the dictionary already accepts the definition of a friend as follows: Lover (person with whom marital relations are maintained); Person who is loving another; Person who has a love relationship with another. The concept we have today of the word friend is the complete opposite of the original meaning and what Jesus said in John 15:15. Originally friendship has to do with loyalty, today it is related to adultery and infidelity.

The contamination of the word friend that is now natural has to do with the thought that everything must be politically correct and that we must be tolerant of the things of the world. However, the Bible vigorously rebukes that friendship with the world in James 4:4: Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. The world couples friendship with adultery, while God pairs it with fidelity. It is obvious that they are opposite concepts that will never coincide.

To know the way in which we become friends of the Lord, the only reliable source to know it is the Bible. James 2:23 says the following: And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. The Bible is not saying that Abraham became God’s friend because he believed in Him but because He believed Him. True friendship consists in trusting the friend fully, which implies believing what He tells us.

Jesus offers us His friendship, He has made known to us the plans and purposes of His Father. Are you going to reject His friendship or accept it? If you have decided to accept to be a friend of the Lord, you must believe everything you have said and entrust the direction of your life to Him alone. God bless you.

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