Willing To Lose Friends
Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Deuteronomy 4:24: For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
God*s jealously is righteous. It is not like ours which can often be sinful. Anything or any human relationship that we put ahead of God or in the place of God is an idol. If we put ourselves ahead of God we are our own idol. We ought to love Him more than we love ourselves or anything or anyone else.
Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Loving the Lord with all of our hearts, souls, strength and minds does not seem to leave room to love anyone else at all. But loving Him will increase our love for others and cause us to love them appropriately. Our love for Him should be far greater than our love for ourselves or for others. When we receive Jesus there are relationships that we should be willing to let go of for His sake and there will be relationships with others that they will discontinue when your love for God keeps you from participating in sin with them. Losing friends like that is a good thing.
1 Peter 4:2: That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
1 Corinthians 5:11: But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1 Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
If there are not human relationships that you have lost or given up because of your love for the Lord, I doubt that you love Him enough. If any of your relationships with others are more important to you than your relationship with God, you have an idol.
Luke 14:26: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Matthew 19:27-29: Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name*s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.