I am ‘floored’ in amazement in reading The Word, Amen.
We are not only renewed by grace, made new but each day we grow, learn and are closer to Christ, our Lord!
I almost want to say ‘Friend’, but awe keeps me from uttering that word!
Yes, yes, yes; “What a friend we have in Jesus!”
“What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grieves to bear
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer
Oh what peace we often forfeit of what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer
Have we trials and temptations is there trouble anywhere
If we have don’t be discouraged take it to the Lord in prayer.”
Let us define ‘friend’?
a : one attached to another by affection or esteem
b : acquaintance; what is an acquaintance? Someone we know!
Do you know Christ?
2a : one that is not hostile
• 2b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group (we are all in the group “Christians”)
• 3: one that favors or promotes something . Are you interceded on behalf of before Our Father in Heaven? We have
Speaking of Jesus, the writer to the Hebrews says, “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). This verse (and others like it) tells us that although Christ’s work to secure the salvation of the elect was completed on the cross, as evidenced by His cry “It is finished!” (John 19:30), His care for His redeemed children will never be finished.
Jesus did not go to heaven after His earthly ministry and “take a break” from His role as eternal Shepherd to His people. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10, emphasis added). If when humble, despised, dying, and dead, He had the power to accomplish so great a work as reconciling us to God, how much more may we expect that He will be able to keep us now that He is a living, exalted, and triumphant Redeemer, raised to life and interceding on our behalf before the throne (Romans 8:34). Clearly, Jesus is still very active on our behalf in heaven.
We can go on! But the point is made, we have more than a friend. Interceptor, advocates, representative.
So many times, we have discussed the totality and completion of Love. It floors me when The Word defines God as Love. The definition of Love utilizes God!
Ever been in love?
The top 25 words (1 being the most popular) that describe love are:
A long list, for 22, 23; the song “I am married to Jesus, Satan leave me alone…” comes to mind.
Some correspond, some are off. But work on that friendship, Amen
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness (Abraham was tested! In his ripe old age – over 100, he was asked to sacrifice Isaac his son. He passed the test and was rewareded. In this day and age, our sacrifices are praise and thanksgiving!)
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:12-23 (NIV)