"friendship with God"

I'm not sure what comes to your mind when you hear this phrase: "friendship with God." Likely it produces a variety of response, ranging from positive affirmation for a relational faith to outright rejection of an overly-romanticized faith of the "falling in love with Jesus" variety. I'm afraid we often throw around the concept of friendship with God rather loosely, not really grasping the nature of what it means to be in relationship with God. We describe our relationship with God on our terms, when in fact, it is so much more than that.

Reading and reflecting on this dynamic, I couldn't help but pause as I read this quote:
“To speak of friendship with God can sound so cozy and consoling, as if we are all snuggling up to God; however, there is no riskier vulnerability than to live in friendship with God, because every friendship changes us, because friends have expectations of each other, and because friends are said to be committed to the same things. Suddenly the metaphor is not so comforting because it suggests that any friend of God is called to faithfully embody the ways of God in the world, even to the point of suffering on account of them. There may be grace and glory in being a friend of God, but there is also clearly a cost.”

Paul J. Wadell, Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship


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