The perfect friendship

Have you ever thought of God as your best friend? A couple of hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal refer to God as “my best, my ever Friend” and “the perfect Friend.” These hymns help us relate to God as not only infinite, but also as pure and tender. And it is the attentive and exacting care of divine Love—that fully and unconditionally loves, accepts, and knows us—that makes this way of knowing God as our “perfect Friend” perfectly natural! 

In the Old and New Testaments, we’re encouraged to look again at “what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us” (I John 3:1). In Jeremiah, we read that God loves us with an everlasting love, drawing us with lovingkindness (see 31:3). Jesus called God “Abba”—a child’s word used as an endearing term for a father. Some Bible scholars put forth that the warm, intimate Aramaic word Abba was the word Jesus actually used in all his references to God. In Matthew 10:30 Jesus adds that even the very hairs on our head are numbered.  

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