DEVELOPING YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD (3) 2 Corinthians 11:1-4
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (vv2-3)
(5) I must choose to value what God values. This is what friends do – they care about what is important to the other person. The more you become God’s friend, the more you will care about the things He cares about, grieve over the things He grieves over, and rejoice over the things that bring pleasure to Him.
Paul is the best example of this. God’s agenda was his agenda, and God’s passion was his. “The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much this is the passion of God burning inside me” (2 Corinthians 11:2 (Msg) David felt the same way. “Passion for your house burns within me, so those who insult you are also insulting me” (Psalm 69:9 (NLT)
What does God care about most? The redemption of His people. He wants all his lost children found! That’s the whole reason Jesus came to earth. The dearest thing to the heart of God is the death of His Son. The second dearest thing is when His children share that news with others. To be a friend of God, you must care about all the people around you whom God cares about. Friends of God tell their friends about God. The more you become God’s friends, the more you will care about the things He cares about. (Rick Warren)
PRAYER LINE: Father, give me the courage to reach out to those I may not want to reach. Show Your love through me in ways that will bring glory to You and true peace in my corner of the world.
Kindness is in our power even when soundness is not – Samuel Johnson.