bible based christian daily devotional

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Categories

Worthy Devotions - Bible Based Christian Daily Devotional

Be His Friend!

Friday, March 7, 2014 (5:17 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

James 2:20-23 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;  and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"—and he was called a friend of God.

Looking at the relationship between “love and affection” ("chiba" in Hebrew) and “obligation” ("chova" in Hebrew), we find another closely related word, “chaver”, one of the Hebrew words for “friend”. Friends are people with whom we share love and affection and also a sense of obligation. Our God and Father wants us to be His friends, to share love and affection with Him and to carry the sense of responsibility and obligation which friendship requires.

Abraham was a friend to God. He believed and trusted His Friend, but he also came to share the awesome responsibility of that friendship. Abraham's Friend, the Lord Himself, asked Abraham to become a living picture of His relationship with His own Son, Yeshua, (Jesus), by offering his own beloved son Isaac on an altar at Mount Moriah. Abraham's response to his Friend's request expressed a level of commitment to the friendship which was probably unprecedented in all human history since the time of Adam.

As we consider these Hebrew words and their common roots, we begin to see that Biblical language expresses profound realities, and carries meanings which resound through history. And we find that the God of all creation desires an intimate friendship with human beings He created and loves. But that friendship involves degrees of commitment which test the very frontiers of relationship. If you are on one of those frontiers, you may count yourself blessed. Not everyone is called "a friend of God."

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy Devotions. All rights reserved.

Leave a Reply




Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
Your email address:
First Name:
Last Name:
Enter security code:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 7/29/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/28/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/25/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/24/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/23/2014
  • Most Popular Posts


  • World News
    Christian Presence in Middle East Becoming 'Shadow of its former self'
    US House Panel Set to Approve Hezbollah Sanctions Bill
    Iraq Has Split into Three States
    U.S. Accuses Russia of Violating Missile Treaty
    River Turns Bloody Red in China
    UN: South Sudan's Food Crisis 'Worst in the World'
    Foreign Policy Conundrum: Qatar Purchased Billions of U.S. Arms — and Supports Hamas
    Israel News
    Temple Institute Raises Funds for Draft Plans for 3rd Temple
    Netanyahu: Prepare for an Extended Operation (Video)
    Full Coverage: Operation Protective Edge Enters 21st Day
    Israel Stops Huge Terrorist Attack Planned for Rosh HaShannah
    Hamas Calls for a Third Intifada; UN School Hit (Video)
    Operation Protective Edge Enters 17th Day; Three IDF soldiers killed, 35 Terror Targets Hit
    FAA Lifts Ban on US Flights to Israel
    U.S. News
    Border Bill Expected to Pass House on Thursday
    Court Rejects Atheists' Lawsuit to Remove 'Ground Zero Cross'
    Obama Thanks Muslims for 'Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation'
    Judge Declares D.C. Ban on Public Handguns Unconstitutional
    Religious Freedom Forfeit in Obama's LGBT Exec Order
    IRS Promises Atheists It Will Intrude on Churches
    Obama Prepares 'Executive Amnesty' To Millions of Illegal Immigrants
    Christian News
    Hindi Nationalists Attack Church of the Nazarene
    Noted Convert in Egypt Imprisoned Again
    Miriam Ibrahim Finally Leaves Sudan, Arrives in Italy
    Islamic State Destroys 1,800-Year-Old Church
    Christianity and Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned
    Islamic State to Christians in Mosul: Convert or Die
    Buddhists Launch Anti-Christian Campaign
    Great Reading Material
    Add our Daily Christian Devotion
    You can add our daily Christian devotional to your sites for FREE!

    You can get more information, please go to Worthy Webmaster.
    Link to our Daily Christian Devotional
    Help others find Worthy Christian Devotions! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian Devotions on your web page:

    <a href="http://www.worthydevotions.com" title="Christian Devotions">Daily Christian Devotionals - Worthy Devotions</a>



    Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Be His Friend!