Question of Friendship

James 4:4

Everyone needs friends, and I believe everyone has them. The little girl who is shunned by her schoolmates knows that she will always be accepted by her dolls. The little boy who is left out by everyone else will find a friend in his dog who is always glad to see him. One way or another all of us need and enjoy our friends. Does it really matter who our friends are as long as they are our friends? Watching children teaches you a lot about human nature. Many struggle with friendship. Often the battle is over who will be the "best friend". My first encounter with a fist fight was brought on over a friend. Someone has said, "Any friend of yours is a friend of mine." But what if my friend is your enemy? Does that make me your enemy? That is what the Word of God tells us in James 4:4. God tells us that we cannot be His friend and a friend to the world as well. Being friends with the world will mean that we become enemies toward God.

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."

I. The World is the Enemy of God.

II. The Enmity Toward God.

Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." Are you a friend of Jesus? Do you know Him as your personal Savior? He proved His love for you by going to the cross in your place...have you accepted His expression of love towards you?

Christian, have you been unfaithful to Him? Have you broken His heart by running after this world instead of following Him? Won’t you return to Him this morning...He will forgive and gladly receive you back into full fellowship with Him.

Whatever the need this morning, I invite you to come.