A friend wanted to do something extravagantly nice for us, so she gave my wife and I tickets to see a musical. Additionally (she felt this second part was less valuable), there was an offer of free babysitting cast into the gift. (As parents of four, we can tell you that babysitting, alone, is an extravagant gift!) The only condition was the requirement to get ourselves to the theatre where the musical was playing. Now that’s an easy condition to meet! Similarly, God wanted to do something extravagantly nice for you, so He offered you friendship. He also gave you one condition: you need to show up at the location where the friendship is happening (namely, you need to believe in Jesus). As this particular passage of Romans is concluded, you’re going to see that God’s free gift of friendship is both inclusive (freely given to everyone) and exclusive (there’s only one way to accept the friendship).
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