In John 15:14, Jesus said that your are my friends if you do whatever I command you to do. In his book, "School of Obedience," Andrew Murray says that as disciples of Jesus Christ, obedience should be the first characteristic we exhibit. Jesus says we are His friends if we obey Him. So the question we need to ask is, "What things show I am obeying God." Well, how about loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Then tell others about Jesus Christ. Next, Read your Bible, pray and attend the house of the Lord on a regular basis. Love those who persecute or despitefully use you. Walk in love, acceptance and forgiveness. Be involved in mending and restoring people. Jesus commanded His disciples to love people unconditionally and with no strings attached. Be involved in your community and pray for those who are in authority over you. Be an honest person. Walk with integrity and transperancy. Be a person that people can trust. Be mindful of what you say, do and think. Most of all rely on the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit have every part of your life. Let Him lead, guide and direct your life. Be aware of the fact that He wishes to give you gifts and help you to have a fruitful life. Obedience is the key to all I have mentioned and more. If you want both an eternal and abundant life. Do what Jesus asks and you will truly be His friend.
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