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Friend Day

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This morning we have invited you here for our friend day.
Genesis 2:18 ESV
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
(ESV) —18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Friends for a Season

(ESV) —16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Ecclesiastes 3:1–2 ESV
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Friends for Eternity

This morning we have invited you here for our friend day.
Friends are important. Studies have shown that loneliness and isolation can contribute to a shorter life and bring on many health issues.
God created us to enter into healthy relationships.
Genesis 2:18 ESV
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
(ESV) —18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
From the very beginning, God’s plan was for people to be in relationship with one another. When Jesus gave the two greatest commands, the first was the love God, the second was to love our neighbor.
From the very beginning, God’s plan was for people to be in relationship with one another. When Jesus gave the two greatest commands, the first was the love God, the second was to love our neighbor.
Many people think that if they could live on an island or in the northern Maine woods with no one else around, that life would be perfect. In truth that kind of isolation would shorten one’s life, lead to various health issues and bring on depression. We were created for relationships.
I have seen many people over the years who have lost a husband or wife and been relatively isolated. When they have gone to a senior home or become involved in the community, their health and outlook have greatly improved.
Friends are very important.
We are not only created to be in relationship with one another, but we are also created to be in a relationship with God.
We can never understand why we are here on earth until we understand the reason our creator created us. I would never know the purpose of a screwdriver if the maker didn’t let us know it was made to turn screws. A screwdriver was not intended to be a pry bar or a can opener. When used in these ways, it may have some value, but it is not achieving its purpose.
In part, and there is much more, we were created to be involved in a personal, meaningful relationship with God.
The apostle Paul was in Athens Greece. Listen to what he says.
Acts 17:22–27 ESV
22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
(ESV) —22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
God is looking for those who are seeking him. If we seek, we find.
He is seeking us because he wants us to be His friends. A personal relationship with God may be what is missing in your life.
What does a friendship with God look like?

First, a real friendship with God begins with faith in Jesus.

John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(ESV) —6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Second, a real friendship with God is fulfilled in an obedient life.

Second, a real friendship with God is fulfilled in an obedient life.
John 15:12–15 ESV
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:12–14 ESV
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
(ESV) —12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
John 15:12-14

Third, a real friendship with God opens us up to knowing more about God and his will for our lives.

John 15:15 ESV
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Fourth, a real friendship with God will impact others.

Fourth, a real friendship with God will impact others.

John 15:16–17 ESV
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
(ESV) —16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
God has creates us for relationships. The strongest relationships we can have are three-way relationships. When two people have a relationship with God, their relationship with each other will be so much stronger.
When we trust Jesus and obey his word, we are friends of Jesus. When we listen to his voice we learn more about his plan and our purpose in life. When we walk close to Jesus, it will cause us to walk closer to others.
Thank God for our friends. We thank him even more for opening the door for us to be friends with him.
To show how much this means to God, one of the benefits of trusting Jesus is the assurance that we will live with God for eternity.
John 3:16–17 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
(ESV) —16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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