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Christianity - a Life-Changing Friendship


Christianity is not a "religion" which is added to one's life. It is a relationship involving a change in one's heart and a growing friendship with God.

This religion is our expression of love - both for God and for people. Most people think "religion" is something people do to gain God's favor! They try to do "religion" without first becoming friends with God. This is backwards... and it doesn't work!



James 2:23 - God made a promise to Abraham. Abraham trusted that God would keep his promise. And so God considered him a friend.

John 15:13-15 - We can be Jesus' friend if we follow his example of love. (Remember: Jesus is both God and man. If we are Jesus' friend, we are God's friend.)

James 4:4 - We can't be God's friend if we want to be a friend of this evil world.



READ 1 Peter 1:8-9. The love mentioned in this passage is the "commitment" type of love: "I have given myself to Jesus, and nothing is going to change that!"

This is the way our love can be. For some, it might not get to this point all at once. Love and friendship must grow. We must be willing to take time to build our friendship. Lasting friendships don't always happen overnight!

If your love for God isn't there yet, don't give up.



As our friendship and love grows, we will grow in our desire to do things in a way that pleases God. This is our "religion." We do it because we love God, not because we're trying to "work" ourselves into his favor!

James 1:26-27 - Our religion involves purity and love:

Dennis Hinks © 2000