We Can Be Friends with God

1 John 19 [widescreen]

Reading the Word

Psalm 25:11–15 (ESV)

11 For your name’s sake, O LORD,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Understanding and Applying the Word

What is the story of Scripture? It is that mankind is separated from God because of sin. Our sin is rebellion against God and his will. Instead of bringing honor and glory to our Creator, we have rebelled and gone our own way. We have become the enemies of God.

Even in our rebellion, God still loves us. Though there is nothing we can do by our own power or means, God has made a way for our sins to be forgiven and for the barrier between us and him to be removed. We can be friends of God.

Our sin can be forgiven because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. He came into the world, lived a sinless life, and gave himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. If we will repent of our sins and trust in the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, we are promised that our sins are forgiven and that we will have eternal life with God.

Pardon my guilt, for it is great (repentance). The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him (restoration). He will pluck my feet from out of the net (salvation). What a wonderful message for all of us!

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