8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:8-11
Henri Nouwen writes, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” I was listening to a contemporary gospel song this morning, “Who am I that You are mindful of me? That You hear me when I call.
Is it true that You are thinking of me? How you Love me.It’s Amazing.Who am I that You are mindful of me? That You hear me when I call. Is it true that You are thinking of me? How you Love me. It’s Amazing.I am a friend of God. I am a friend of God. He calls me friend. Do you know this friendship with God? God pursues a relationship with you this morning. God gave His son for you. What a sacrifice for our friendship. Pray for renewal in your life today. Pray for a renewal of healthy relationships in our gathering at NewLife. Pray for God to rescue us from ourselves. We need God in our friendships.