” Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” – James 4:4
Many of us are picky about the friends we keep, and rightly so. Our friends are generally an extension of who we are and what we represent. Hence the adage, “show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are”.
Similarly, God also has friends who are dear to his heart. They are those who have chosen to believe in Him, deny fleshly desires and do His will wholeheartedly.
The Bible records in Exodus 33:11 that “…the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…”
The relationship God had with Moses was clearly different. They were close and communicated frequently as friends do.
Abraham was also an exceptional friend of God. See what James 2:23 has to say about it.
“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”
See also Isaiah 41:8.
Here’s the good news- God calls us His friends, and just as you will be willing to go the extra mile for a friend, so did God!
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:13,15)
Now as friends of God, we are to uphold a high level of responsibility spiritually, morally and otherwise. Certain character traits should not be found in us.
Our theme scripture shows a distinction between friends of God and friends with the world. It is important for us as believers to take a stand for God.
If we are his friends, we will jettison worldly standards and live wholly for his pleasure. (John 15:14)
Paul also instructs us in this manner: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:13)
You are called a Friend of God, act like it.