Maturing into God’s Friend

Good Morning Gorgeous,

It’s a brand new day. A fresh start. A new day to love and love and love.

I have been searching up love in the bible and reading all the verses pertaining to love and God’s love. This one caught my attention last week, but I didn’t understand it at first…

“You are my friends if you do what I command.”

At first glance, it seems harsh. This is Jesus speaking to His disciples and if you only read that verse, you miss the true beauty of what Jesus is saying to us.

He begins with a command and ends with a command: Love eachother.

The command is to love! To follow Christ’s example in love.

Here is the full scripture:

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. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
John 15:12‭-‬17 NIV.

And how does that make us God’s friend? How does following His commands move us from a child/ Father relationship into friendship with God?

It’s actually BOTH! We are His child AND His friend.

To be God’s child, He doesn’t give conditions of obedience. Just like when you are an earthly parent, your children don’t lose their identity as your child when they disobey.

You ARE God’s child. But to be His friend, requires maturity. I cannot be my child’s friend while they are still screaming for dessert before dinner. I cannot be a friend to my children when they are young and immature.

As they grow up, the relationship matures and evolves. I let them in on more and more of my thoughts and reasoning. They begin to get more responsibility in carrying out assignments, and they begin to become my friend. I can talk to them and share what we are doing, where we are going, why we are doing this or that. We have deep meaningful conversations and there is less and less correction and more and more friendship. They are still my children. They will always be my children, but as they grow, they will also be my friends.

God’s relationship with us is similar. We can mature in love and be God’s friend. And to be spiritually mature, one command He has been very clear about is the necessity to walk in love.

To Love God and to Love others are the greatest commands God gives. He Himself calls them the greatest commandments!

God loves us y’all! So much. A deep wide, hard to fathom love that will meet every single need.

He has commanded us to be open vessels of that love, pouring it all over everyone we encounter.

Go forth and walk in love. Become Christ’s friend by following His command: Love one another.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for calling us friends. Help us to mature and grow into Your friend. Help us to RADICALLY love others as You radically love us! Let there be a distinct difference in how we interact with the world because of how we show love.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Blessings and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Go Forth in Love!!

Vanessa Lynn

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