Jehovah wants you to know him better. Why? He hopes that the more you learn about his personality, his ways, and his purpose, the more you will want to be his friend. Can you really be God’s friend? (Read Psalm 25:14.) What can you do to become his friend? The Bible answers those questions and reveals why friendship with Jehovah is the most important relationship you can have.
1. What invitation does Jehovah offer you?
“Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.” (James 4:8) What does this mean? Jehovah is inviting you to become his friend. Some may find it difficult to imagine being friends with anyone they cannot see, let alone with God himself. Yet, in his Word, the Bible, Jehovah reveals everything we need to know about his personality in order for us to draw close to him. When we read God’s message to us in the Bible, our friendship with Jehovah grows even though we have never seen him.
2. Why is Jehovah the best Friend you can have?
No one loves you more than Jehovah does. He wants you to be happy and to turn to him whenever you need help. You can “throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Jehovah is always ready to support, comfort, and listen to his friends.—Read Psalm 94:18, 19.
3. What does Jehovah expect of his friends?
Jehovah loves people in general, “but His close friendship is with the upright.” (Proverbs 3:32) Jehovah expects his friends to try to do things that he views as good and to avoid things that he considers bad. Some may feel that they could never live up to Jehovah’s standards of good and bad. However, Jehovah is large-hearted. He accepts everyone who truly loves Him and does his best to please Him.—Psalm 147:11; Acts 10:34, 35.
Learn more about how you can become Jehovah’s friend, and discover why he is the best Friend you can have.
4. Abraham was Jehovah’s friend
The Bible account of Abraham (also called Abram) gives us a glimpse of what it means to be God’s friend. Read about Abraham at Genesis 12:1-4. Then discuss these questions:
What did Jehovah ask Abraham to do?
What did Jehovah promise him?
How did Abraham respond to Jehovah’s instructions?
5. What Jehovah asks of his friends
We usually expect certain things of our friends.
What are some things that you like your friends to do for you?
Read 1 John 5:3, and then discuss this question:
What does Jehovah expect of his friends?
In order to obey Jehovah, we may need to change our conduct or our personality traits. Read Isaiah 48:17, 18, and then discuss this question:
Why does Jehovah ask his friends to make changes?
6. What Jehovah does for his friends
7. Friendship with Jehovah involves communication
How can we communicate with Jehovah?
How does Jehovah communicate with us?
SOME PEOPLE SAY: “It’s impossible to be close to God.”
What scripture would you use to show that we can be Jehovah’s friend?
Jehovah wants to be your Friend, and he will help you draw close to him.
How does Jehovah help his friends?
Why does Jehovah instruct his friends to make changes?
Do you think Jehovah expects too much of his friends? Why, or why not?