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Becoming the Friend You Want to Have

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20 is an invitation to the exchanged life, being so identified with what Christ has done on our behalf that we are shaped by it. Because of what Christ did in the past, we now live our life trusting him, by faith in this One who loved us and gave his life for us. The past action of Christ being crucified cascades to our current condition, changing us, including the way we live—and why can’t that apply to friendship, especially when we consider the way he befriends his people?

Jesus moved into our territory and took on our condition. He lived among the masses, but had a particular friendship with the 12. He even held out his faithfulness in friendship to the end as Judas betrayed him. When our lives are anchored to this Christ, we are becoming the friends we want to have. When his friendship marks us, we are able to give and receive the type of friendship that brings life to both parties.

Larry Szyman

Pastor for Missional Life


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