Jul 07, 2019 | Rev. Gina Anderson-Cloud
Living as Friends
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In chapter four, James surfaces the concept of friendship with God. What does it mean to be “a friend of God?” How would we know that we are in such a relationship? For James, being a friend of God shapes how we live in the world and interact with others. He argues that our relational conflicts emerge when we do not submit to God, drawing near to God in ways that keep us from judgments and going astray by seeking our own pleasures.
Is God in your friendship circle? Do you consult God and rely on God as a good friend? Do you seek God out (draw near to God)? How does your proximity in relationship to God have meaning for your other relationships?
This week consider what steps you can take to cultivate “friendship with God.” In doing so, seek holy guidance for other relationships, particularly ones that you have felt to be conflictual. Offer up all your relationships to God with humility in prayer for ongoing consultation. Let God guide your steps, your words, and your healing. Then, give thanks for a God that cares so deeply about your wholeness.
When we are honest, we realize the weight of stress applying pressure in our lives. Pressure is not a new thing. James wrote to early Christians about how to face intense pressure. Through the lens of holy Scripture, his advice asks followers of Jesus to live in ways where pressure moves us closer in our journey with Jesus, day-to-day. So, in a season where we are called to relax and let things go, join with us as we look to living healthy, Christ-focused lives even in tense, pressuring times. Read James with us from mid-June to mid-July and get spiritually healthy!