DOES GOD REALLY WANT TO BE MY FRIEND?

What would you do if God friended you?

That’s the question raised in a new CBS drama called God Friended Me about an outspoken atheist who gets an unexpected notification that the King of kings wants to be Facebook buddies.

Bewildered, he tries to get to the bottom of it, but in the meantime, grows more curious about the Almighty, who starts suggesting other friends and ultimately influencing the main character’s life.

So what about the real Lord above? Does the Creator of the Universe really want to be your friend?

While you may not get a private message from the Most High anytime soon, be sure that He wants very much to have a relationship with you. He pursues you, whether you ignore His promptings or not.

Maybe you’ve thought about God before, but haven’t accepted Him into your life because you feel like you couldn’t be yourself with Him around. In reality, God already knows who you are, and a life with Him means being the you that you were created to be.

God showed His great love for you when He came down to earth to make Himself known in the person, Jesus Christ. The Bible records Jesus’ words to His followers when He said, “I have called you friends” (John 15:15).

He also told them, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). He made that ultimate display of loving friendship when He gave His life up on a cross, shedding innocent blood to cover the guilt of our sins.

God wants to guide you into a holy relationship deeper than any human could offer. Will you confirm Him as Lord?


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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?