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  Bible Question: How can I feel closer to Jesus and feel that I love Him?
 
Bible Answer: Sounds like you would like to be Jesus' friend. Friendship is something we all want. We desire to love and share our feelings, experiences, and time with other people. Friendship is something that is shared between two people. It is a wonderful, emotional experience to have a sense of being valued.

     Abraham. One Old Testament saint, Abraham, is called the friend of God.
 
  Didst Thou not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and give it to the descendants of Abraham Thy friend forever? (NASB) 2 Chronicles 20:7
 
"But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend . . . (NASB) Isaiah 41:8
 
. . . the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God. (NASB) James 2:23
 
Abraham believed God. He talked with God and he understood God (Genesis 18).

     Moses. Moses is another Old Testament saint that had a close relationship with God.
 
  Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend . . . (NASB) Exodus 33:11
 
Since then no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face . . . (NASB) Deuteronomy 34:10
 
Now that is great! Both Abraham and Moses had relationships with God that were like the relationships we call friendships. They were faithful men, and both of them spoke to God and listened to Him. Both of them had moments of struggle and poured out their hearts to Him. Their relationships were close.

     Apostle John. The apostle John had a closer relationship with Jesus than any of the other disciples. He is constantly described in the gospel of John as the "one whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20).
 
  There was reclining on Jesus' breast one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. (NASB) John 13:23
 
When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" (NASB) John 19:26
 
John is the only disciple who is said to have leaned against Jesus. He is the one disciple who was able to recognize Jesus after His resurrection. This implies that John not only had a close relationship with Jesus, but he knew Jesus really well.
     
 
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