“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
I was thinking about this verse today. How God demonstrated His love to us. He did it in a tangible way. Not far removed from us – high in the sky or across the universe from us – No. He came. Became one of us. So we would know Him – as a friend knows a friend. So we could feel that He can relate with us – because He was one of us. And the most AWESOME thing is this: He didn’t have to come. He just did.
How many times do we feel we can relate to someone or have something to say to them – when we have NO IDEA – because we don’t know them? God did not do this to us. He came to show us what “true friendship” was all about. He came so that by following Him we would be saved from ourselves. He came to us. He got involved in our lives. He loved us beyond what we could even see. He was a true friend.
What is a “true friend”? A “true friend” is always there for you – they are in your life. They don’t have to be – they are because they want to be. “True friends” are in your world and a part of who you are. You never have to stop and ask, “are you going to be my friend today?” because you already know the answer and so do they. I have many of these – we are in each others lives pretty much every day. I reach out to them and they reach out to me – we have an easy give and take – we know “things” about each other. We don’t use it against each other EVER. We trust each other. We like each other. We talk ALL THE TIME. We are in constant communication with each other with no strange silences.
A “friend” is someone you happen upon once in a while – but they don’t really know you – and know what you do day to day – they aren’t that interested in your world because they are not involved in your life. They are casually friendly – but not involved. They don’t know any details of what makes you – you.
God demonstrated His love for us by sending Jesus – and being a “true friend. He saw something in us that we could not see in ourselves – He even loved us while we were still sinners – and even when we rejected him – He still loved us. That’s a true friend. He died for us – while we were still rejecting Him. Unbelievable.
This is our model for “true friendship”. Not the family members that you have obligation to – but those that you do not. Those that you choose and who choose you. This is love in a tangible way. Giving of ourselves – being a friend to someone and being in their world – a part of their life. Not because you have to – but because you want to. I would like to think that this is how I love those that are my “true friends” – and those that I would like to have as such. A real demonstration of selfless and involved love. Caring about their world and those around them – sharing me with them. And encouraging them to share themselves with me.
This is how God loved us. He didn’t have to – He just did – because He loved us and wanted us to know it – in a real demonstration of authenticity and poured out love. He too wants to be in constant communication with us. That’s what friends do – they talk ALL THE TIME. God wants that level of “true friendship” with us. He wants to know us – and in return – He wants us to know Him too.
I am praying for you today that you would take God’s example of “selfless” love and pour your love on another person today who needs to be shown what “true friendship” is all about. Don’t wait for them – they may be waiting for you! Get involved – gain some “true friendships” today!