John 15:9

Abide in God's love.
John 15:9

Who doesn't yearn to know in their very marrow that God is their friend? Who doesn't want more peace? And who wouldn't like to handle life's difficulties and pain with equanimity?

In Christ, surely such impossible-sounding desires are possible, and in one of the most beautiful Gospel chapters, Jesus opens his heart to his disciples, telling them that he loves them, that they are his friends, and that he is always with them:
"I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love."
Jesus is still saying this to us today: I have called you friends (John 15:15). If we begin meditating on the awesome intimacy of Christ's friendship, we can set about discovering the truth of St. Augustine's words: "God is closer to your soul than you are yourself."

Adapted from TCW article "I Have Called You Friend" by Carmen Acevedo Butcher

Free CT Women Newsletter

Sign Up For Our weekly Newsletter CT's weekly newsletter to help women grow their marriage and family relationships through biblical principles.

Read These Next

  • Galatians 5:25
    Become a purpose-filled woman by following the Spirit’s leading in every part of your life.
  • Stop Being So "Helpful" at Work
    What to do when male colleagues automatically assume you’ll take the notes, make the coffee, and plan the office party


Join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter

Follow Us

More Newsletters