February 9, 2018

Friendship With God

By: Zachary Kralik [Lake Worth, FL]

My best friend Anthony and I have been close since we were in elementary school.

He has seen me through the highs and lows of life and has always stuck by my side.


My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
John 15:12–15 (NIV)


One of the greatest things I’ve learned from our friendship is how it reflects my friendship with God. Anthony and I have spent numerous nights talking about struggles, school, work, and more. He has always been there for me, holding me accountable and caring for me when needed. Through this relationship, I’ve discovered that I can connect with God in the same ways.

PRACTICE FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD: What would it look like if we treated our relationship with God like a close friendship? We would . . .

      1. Talk to God. Set an alarm for a specific time of day when you are free. When the alarm sounds, take five minutes to talk to God about whatever is on your mind in that moment. Don’t overthink what you will say; just talk as you would with a friend.
      2. Listen to God. A few times a week, set a timer for 5 minutes. Then journal, draw, take a walk outside, or sit quietly in a comfortable place while you listen for what God might be saying to you.

Consider

How do you and your squad welcome new members? How can you set an example by reaching out to others who need a friend? Ask God for the courage to be honest and open and for the patience to be a true friend.

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