12 Jul Friends With Jesus
Friends With Jesus
Before I go in this topic of being friends with Jesus, I want you to know that I’m writing this within the mindset of an addict and a woman set free from addiction…how I view a friendship then and how I see it now. Before I tell you my thoughts, I want you to think about your friendships throughout your life.
Think about your addiction season…
What were your friendships like in your addiction?
How do (or how did) your friends treat you?
What were your friendships based off of?
Who were the main people you hung out with?
These are some questions I never thought about until I met Jesus.
I have been saved and delivered from drugs for a couple years now and it’s still confusing and hard for me to have a real friendship with Jesus because of the twisted friendships I had in my mess. Those friends never cared about me, they were selfish and drug-driven, as was I. My friends looked after themselves and I was the same way. We never had deep, heartfelt conversations, never made sure each other were okay, never came together to deal with specific life problems and never just hung out. When it came down to it we chose ourselves at any cost to save our own backs no matter who got hurt or in trouble. My friends and I had no problem letting each other sin, hurt other people, whatever we had to do to satisfy our selfish desires.
Jesus has been speaking to me on the idea of friendship between Him and I and how I still don’t know how to have a real friendship with Him. I truly think it somewhat has to do with me not being able to see Jesus face to face, which has been a struggle for me.
“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing His death.” Philippians 3:10
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command 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.” John 15:13-15
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Those friends you had in your addiction were NOT friends and if you are still in addiction, start to distance yourself from those drug-driven friends. They are not healthy or positive for you and they are not the people Jesus wants you to be around. Those friends don’t care for your well-being. I believe, as an addict, our minds learn what a friendship is in a sort of twisted way because of the drug-driven mindset we have. Drugs, manipulation, negativity, and selfishness are the center of an addict’s friendship while GOD is the center of a godly, healthy, sober, motivated, determined, positive, and selfless friendship.
Jesus is our PERFECT example of a true friend…how to be a selfless friend. His Word gives us the tools and practices on how to be that same friend or TRY to be that same friend to Him because He deserves that from us and much more. We wants to spend time with us and eat with us at the dinner table, He wants us to talk to Him and have conversation with Him about anything and everything we are going through, good or bad. Jesus laid down His life for us and in return we should lay down our life for Him and give Him our hearts, our dreams and visions, our wants and needs, our goals, our everything. Let’s start to lay down everything for Jesus as His friend because He did it for us on the Cross as our friend. These verses grabbed my attention and came into my heart like never before this week on how to be a true friend to Jesus and what His Word says about a true friendship with Jesus.