12. How Can You Become God’s Friend?

12. How Can You Become God’s Friend?

1 JEHOVAH’S FRIENDS OBEY HIM

“Obey my voice, and I will become your God, and you will become my people.”—Jeremiah 7:23

Is it possible to become God’s friend?

  • Genesis 22:18; James 2:23

    Abraham became Jehovah’s friend because he listened to God and put faith in Him.

  • 2 Chronicles 16:9

    Jehovah will help those who are obedient.

  • Psalm 25:14; 32:8

    Jehovah gives insight to his friends.

  • Psalm 55:22

    Jehovah will support his friends.

2 JOB WAS GOD’S FRIEND AND STAYED FAITHFUL

“In all of this, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing anything wrong.”—Job 1:22

How did Satan attack Job, and how did Job react?

  • Job 1:10, 11

    Satan claimed that Job was selfish and did not love God.

  • Job 1:12-19; 2:7

    Jehovah allowed Satan to take everything away from Job, and Satan even struck Job with a terrible disease.

  • Job 27:5

    Job did not know why he was suffering so much, but he stayed faithful.

3 SATAN TRIES TO TURN YOU AWAY FROM JEHOVAH

“A man will give everything that he has for his life.”—Job 2:4

How does Satan try to destroy our friendship with Jehovah?

  • 2 Corinthians 11:14

    Satan tries to trick us into disobeying Jehovah.

  • Proverbs 24:10

    He tries to make us feel that we are not good enough to serve Jehovah.

  • 1 Peter 5:8

    Satan persecutes us.

  • Proverbs 27:11

    Choose to obey Jehovah and be his loyal friend. This will prove that Satan is a liar.

4 WE OBEY JEHOVAH BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM

“This is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments.”—1 John 5:3

How can you become Jehovah’s friend?

  • Deuteronomy 6:5

    Show love for God. This will help you to be obedient.

  • Isaiah 48:17, 18

    Obey Jehovah, and you will always benefit.

  • Deuteronomy 30:11-14

    Trust that Jehovah will never ask you to do something you cannot do.

  • Philippians 4:13

    Do what is right, and Jehovah will give you the strength you need.