“Friendship with God”
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
LOVE IS SOMETHING WE ARE TO BECOME NOT JUST DO!
BARCLAY – “Love never does the graceless thing” 1 Cor 13:4
HAYFORD – “Graceful under pressure”
WMS – “Love exercises faith in everything” 1 Cor 13:6
John 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
Jerimiah 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
JOHN 13:2 During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. 5 Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
IN THE FUTURE JESUS IS GOING TO SERVE US AT A MEAL. (Luke 12:37)
14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.
HE HAS PROVEN HIS FRIENDSHIP FOR US BY WHAT HE DID.
NOW IT’S OUT TURN TO PROVE WE ARE HIS FRIENDS BY DOING WHATEVER HE COMMANDS US TO DO.
FRIEND MEANS; YOU ARE FOND OF SOMEONE, THAT THEY ARE DEAR TO YOU.
FELLOWSHIP MEANS YOU SHARE COMMON THINGS.
Prov 17:17 A friend loves at all times
NLT A friend is always loyal
Prov 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Prov 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
Prov 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
GOD LOVED US WHEN WE DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING OF VALUE IN OURSELVES.
14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Exodus 33:11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.