Look around the world today and you will see dissension, disagreements, disunity… there is discord all around!
Don’t take my word for it; you can just look every day in the multiple myriads of media as a confirmation.
The Internet alone, not to mention television and radio, informs the world at large that this is so.
The rumblings increase greatly, causing these disasters to increase.
Because of this, human relationships are utterly diminished.
Trust is no longer valid among people and suspicion is heightened. It has become a new way to assess those who previously were trusted.
A new reality is formed, creating a new attitude in daily living.
Those who were once beloved and treasured friends become foes and hated enemies.
How do we stop this madness?
I am glad you asked!
Jesus Himself knows this to be so with humans living here on earth. He tells us, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled…” - Matt 24:6
“For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
“Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” - Luke 12:52-53
Jesus knew about the dynamics of human relationships here on earth.
Not only did He know about them, He endured many of the divisions and contentions Himself.
We stop the madness by trusting in the Prince of Peace - Jesus.
Would you hire your worst enemy to work for you?
Interesting thought isn’t it?
After dealing with an individual who would definitely get an “F minus” on the report card of friendship, it seems completely absurd to consider him as a friend much less entrust him to the precious details of work, especially your own work, your business, something that you labored after your whole life long… How can that person ever be trusted?
Jesus brought reconciliation between God and humans. Jesus did this by dying on the cross.
Since the days of Adam and Eve, human kind was separated by God because of our sin… disobedience against Him. Ever since that day, and even before, God set out in a passionate love quest, seeking after mankind to restore, renew and reconcile a broken relationship between God and man.
Us humans being the enemies of God, disobeying and walking far from Him in disunity, purposefully stirring up discord between ourselves and God… this is our human nature.
The beauty of this whole equation is Jesus. Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven to currently sit on the right side of God praying for us on earth. He made a way for all those who where once enemies of God to now become His friends by believing and receiving Him as Lord of their lives and follow Him in all they do.
Then He invites us, former enemies, to work for Him. Working by joining Him in the great quest of reconciliation, His enemies back to Him through His son Jesus Christ.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. - Matthew 28:19-20
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain...” - John 15:16
Friend of God
Jesus calls us friends when we receive Him as 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.” - Matthew 15:15
What joy! What delight! Imagine out of the entire universe and all the creation, a holy pure God in heaven considers those on earth who receive and believe in Him, His friends. Who has heard of such a thing? A severe enemy is now a close friend.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever! Because God considered those in the Bible His friends how much more will he consider us His friend? He is not a respecter of persons. There is equity at the cross. God spoke to Moses face to face as a friend of God.
So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. - Exodus 33:11
Abraham, another patriarch of the Old Testament was called a friend of God by James
“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.” - James 2:23
But like all friendships, there are boundaries to revere, offenses to steer clear from and most importantly unity and loyalty to align to.
I am so thankful that God calls me His friend and He is my Beloved Savior
1. Which are you, a friend or foe of Jesus? Seek to be His friend instead of foe and attain riches that will last for eternity?
2. If you are a foe, will you seek His reconciliation plan and become His friend and work for Him forever?
3. Would you lay down your enemy characteristics towards God and seek after His friendship?
Man born blind now sees - Luke 9
Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet - John 13
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About the Author
Simone Lake is a Bible teacher, pastor’s wife, and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain. She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies. Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their Border collie, Scout.
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