Excerpt from Wes Yoder's Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other Men Beyond Work, Weather and Sports (eBook).
If it is entirely true — and it is — that God, who now lives within me, knows all my thoughts and loves me anyway, I have to say two things: God suddenly has become my best friend, and perhaps he was all along the way.
I can fear his friendship, which I will do if I do not believe he is good, or I can welcome him and start living an unbelievable life with a new partner and friend.
He knows all my sorrows and everything else within me. His Spirit is the searchlight that knows and sees all. And his Spirit makes of my life a light that illuminates dark places so others can find their way.
So imagine what might happen if both you and your wife have the same best friend — God — and quit hoping you won't disappoint each other because you know and accept that you will, and because you know your best friend will be there to help you sort out the mess.
Your life would be different, and perhaps you, too, would have a hard time remembering why you thought you needed [a legalistic and perfectionistic] religion when you have a perpetual invitation to enjoy a relationship with God.
- Wes Yoder
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