By Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ

In the book of James, chapter 2 verse 23, Abraham is referred to as "the Friend of God." This assessment was not made by Abraham, or any other man, but rather it was made by God Almighty, himself (Isaiah 41:8). Let us consider for a moment just how remarkable for a mortal man, made from the dust of the earth, to be thought of by our immortal, spiritual, supreme, Creator God, as His friend.

We have all met many, many people over the course of our lives, yet comparatively few have become close friends. Why is this true? I would interject that close friendship's first requirement is sharing common beliefs. We must agree on things and the more we agree on, the closer we can become. Although we can be on friendly terms with those who disagree with us and enjoy seeing them from time to time, our closest friends will always be those who agree with us on the greatest number of vitally important issues. Friends think alike, and there is much truth in the old saying, "birds of a feather flock together." We all have "fair weather" friends that are glad to be our friends, as long as everything is fine and going smoothly. But when problems or troubles arise, they make themselves scarce. However true friends are loyal and faithful, both when the going is easy, and when the going gets rough. True friends support, sacrifice, and are dependable when they are needed. Jesus speaking to his disciples said, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). He was explaining that He was willing to go all the way for us, we should go all the way for Him, demonstrating our loyalty to, and our complete trust in Him.

Abraham obeyed God, kept His commandments, His statutes, and walked in His laws (Gen. 26:5). Abraham was in precise and continuing agreement with God's will. This was one of the factors contributing to his friendship with God. Abraham demonstrated his loyalty to God and his complete trust in Him, when he followed His instructions to leave the land of his fathers and sojourn to a strange new land that God had promised him. Again we see Abraham's complete trust in God with the offering of his beloved son Isaac on the alter ( Gen. 22).

True friends can confide in one another. The Lord confided in Abraham and discussed His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18:17). By the same token, Abraham was open with God and talked freely with Him (Gen. 18:20-33).

Our next question should be, can we possibly enjoy that same relationship with God as Abraham, and if so, how? We worship the same God as Abraham, He is no respecter of persons, and He never changes (Rom. 2:11, Heb. 13:8). Jesus tells us, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you" (John 15:14). God extends His hand of friendship to all those in Christ who. like our spiritual forefather Abraham, are in complete agreement with Him. If we keep His commandments, show our loyalty and dependability toward Him, and freely confide in Him concerning all matters, then we too will be called, "A Friend of God."

We invite all who would to come worship God in spirit and in truth with us on the first day of every week here at Kedron Church of Christ, on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, KY. Bible study at 10:00 Worship at 11:00. We neither add to God's word or take from it.