by Rick Kelley
God loves everyone. That doesn’t mean God approves of everyone.
There are “those that are his,” ones who “depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19); and there are those who “refuse” and “reject” him (Hebrews 12:25).
Those who submit to God’s will are called his “friends” (James 2:23; cf. John 15:14). Those who seek friendship with the world are called his “enemies” (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17).
Being friends with God is not difficult (1 John 5:3; Proverbs 10:29) – especially when compared to the difficulty of being his enemy (Proverbs
13:15b). Being friends with God pays richly (Romans 8:17; Titus 3:7), while being an enemy of God is costly (Matthew 16:26).
So does God really love everyone? Indeed. He sent his Son to die for us all (John 3:16; Hebrews 2:9). Is God friends with everyone? No.
God’s enemies outnumber is friends (Matthew 7:13-14).
Friend, or enemy? Which are you?
Rick works with the Prestonsburg KY congregation. He and his wife Samantha have six children. Rick shares his thoughts here: