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Friendship is one of the most important things we have been given by God.
He created humanity with the need to be apart of something.
From my talks with Gunny I have been so encouraged by the friendships that I taking place within CMA.
Friendship is something that Jesus has been teaching me about from a very early age.
When I was much younger I remember the stories of David and Jonathan while I was a child and desperately desired to have a relationship like that.
My first friend was Jeremy and he was a neighbor.
But then moved away.
Michael and Jacob, then they moved away.
Tenny moved away.
Jordan and Jesse… grew apart from them.
I would ask God why wouldn’t He allow me to have just one good friend.
The entire time he was teaching me that He wanted to be that person in my life… After all He would never leave me or forsake me.
Our passage this morning:
It is crucial that we understand that God still wants us to be friendly and to have friends in our lives, but where I fell short was in this notion that these relationships were going to satisfy my heart… and the only way that I would ever find satisfaction would be with God and seeking His guidance and His friendship.
As our passage this morning points out there is no greater love then sacrificial love.
Laying ones life down for another… Jesus would give us the greatest example of this:
Christ would go to such great lengths to ransom you and I back to God.
To be placed back into a proper and right standing before Him.
Not only being our Creator, Savior, Redeemer, but also our Friend.
Point 1) Jesus needs to be your Best Friend
The Savior of your soul desires to be your friend.
How cool is that?
The love that He has for you and I is limitless.
Loving us completely and fully in a way that we could never hope to grasp.
In fact while we are with Him in heaven for all eternity, we will be exposed to His limitless love and He could show us every day a new aspect of that incredible love, and for the rest of eternity we would never be able to even scratch the surface of that love for us.
Hebrews tells us that we are actually brothers and sister of Jesus.
Why would we look for any satisfaction in worldly things to satisfy us, when what we really need is Jesus.
Jesus needs to be your go too before you call your friend.
Before you complain to anyone about anything go to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.
2 Point) We need to be good friends
Jesus should be where we look for satisfaction.
I only know some of you, and an important truth that the Bible teaches us is that we need each other and that you should be in a local church no exceptions.
Jesus needs to be the King of our lives.
But we are not to go through this Christian life by ourselves.
We desperately need each other.
No where in scripture will you find a lone wolf mentality.
We are often compared to sheep and they are a herd animal.
Allow Jesus to be your primary friend.
And be a godly friend to the people in your sphere of influence.
Love God and love people.
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