“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me” (Psalm 139:1, NLT).

A friend is someone who knows all about us and loves us anyway. We like this about our friends because it means we can trust them with our problems, our silliness, our bad moods and our dreams! True friends don’t judge, criticize or condemn, rather they try to see beyond what’s on the surface to what is going on inside us.

God is our truest friend, the one who sees all the way into our hearts. He sees the good and the bad, the past experiences that made us the way we are, our desperate, unfulfilled needs and the resulting motivations that impel or compel us to act the way we do. And he loves us anyway. He doesn’t stop loving us even when we turn away, question him or get mad because we don’t like the way he works, as in the case of unanswered prayers. We can laugh with him, cry with him and even yell at him—nothing will change the way he feels toward us. The amazing thing is, he wants us to be his friends too!

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