Friday, April 26, 2013

Five Minute Friday...Friend

Trying a new thing today...Five Minute Friday.


Jesus, I know you as Savior, Redeemer, God…but friend? Someone I can share all my secrets with? Laugh with, cry with? Be completely myself with?

You should be my best friend, Lord, but I admit I am not comfortable with you in that role. I can be honest with you—no problem. You know it all anyway! But it feels like being honest with a teacher or a parent, knowing that I deserve whatever lecture, instruction or disappointment they might express.

A friend who loves without judgment, listens without suggestion, who accepts me just as I am? Part of me does experience you that way, I guess, but the other part of me focuses on your words in Scripture and all the ways I am not measuring up, and even though I know there is grace, I wish I could be that woman, the one who in her anger does not sin, the one who is full of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace.

The one who values your friendship so much that she spends more than a few hurried minutes communing with you. What kind of a friend am I to you?

But you, my friend, are full of grace and truth. I know the truth, help me know more of your grace. The grace that forgives and justifies it all. Not to excuse it—I need make no excuses with you—but to wipe it out, erase it completely. Every day is a new day, a blank slate with you as...

…my friend.


Denise said...

He is your forever friend, bless you.

Sue said...

This is so right on, something I and probably most Christians struggle with our whole lives. He so wants that deep intimacy with us and we so often give him table scraps! This was so beautifully written! Thanks for the lovely words and reminder that we do have a friend who is closer than a brother...if we just let Him be!

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