“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” (Romans 5:11, NLT).

There’s nothing like a good friend. If you have one really good one, you’re blessed and if you have more than one, you’re especially blessed. Our instant messaging, online social networking culture has made it easier in some ways to keep in contact, but more difficult to be close to someone in the old fashioned “if you need me, I’m there for you” way. Real, deep friendship still needs face to face nurturing.

Paul knew what having a new relationship with God meant as he had been a law keeper to the max in his former life. His relationship, if you could call it that, was all about the physical stuff—his background (who he was), obedience, staying ceremonially clean, even persecution of Christians. After his encounter with Jesus, it was all about who God is. It was all about a close, intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe, one that caused Paul to fall on his knees in absolute awe. Jesus opened up for us and let us in on the most amazing friendship ever, of Father, Son and Spirit. All we have to do is join in, nurture it and enjoy.