Today Caroline thinks about the implications, and challenges, of considering God our friend.
Verses for reflection
Discussion Starter Questions
- We have many ways to relate to God. We obey him as king, we love him as father and we enjoy him as friend. Which of these three do you find easiest? Why? Which is harder? Why?
- Caroline ends talking about what we choose to plug ourselves into. As we approach Lent it might be really good to choose to unplug from something to give God the space instead. What do you want to unplug from for Lent? Tell someone so they can check in with how you’re doing
Verses/Quotes from the Service
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
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another… ”What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
One of my favourite things about God is that despite what we might believe, or what Christians may have mistakenly conveyed, God isn’t for the perfect, or for the special few, and He doesn’t require us to do or be anything before He’ll meet with us. He is ‘the God that sees’, and if you’ve ever been in the presence of someone who listens, empathises and makes you feel seen and known, you’ll know how unbelievably transformational that is. Never spoken to God before? Ask him to reveal himself and see what happens.
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