Jesus Calls Us Friends

October 2015: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Have you ever wondered why the Lord created you? When you consider the extreme sacrifice He made by sending His Son to reconcile you to Himself, the answer becomes obvious. The supreme God of the universe wants a personal relationship with each of us. That’s why He created human beings in His image and gave us minds, wills, and emotions capable of relating to Him. We were made for the Lord—not because He needs us, but because He wants us.

The supreme God of the universe wants a personal relationship with each of us.

Once we accept Christ’s offer of salvation, we have the awesome privilege of growing in our relationship with Him. However, if we think of Him as being only in heaven and not by our side, we’ll miss this opportunity. We can’t walk around with Jesus the way the disciples did, yet we can experience an even closer relationship because He lives within us through His Spirit.

When we pursue Christ, our lives become fulfilling. Since we live in the midst of a war between the kingdom of God and the domain of Satan, our challenge is to live a holy life in a sinful world. But we have a friend who promises to walk with us through adversity and to guide us each and every step of the way.

Do you think of Christ as your friend? The devotions this month were specially chosen to help you grow in your relationship with Him. It is my hope that in the coming weeks, they will draw you closer to the One who loves you more than you’ll ever know.

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