He says we are his friends because he has made known to us all that he learned from his father. An army colonel tells a GI to fetch the hummer. If the GI says he will do so only if the colonel tells him exactly why and gives him permission to use it as a runabout while the colonel spends his time at HQ, that GI is asking for about six months of KP duty. But suppose the colonel has been a friend of the GI’s family for years and has watched the young man grow up. He may say to the GI, “Jim, fetch the hummer, please. I need you to drive me to HQ. I’ll be there for about two hours. You can use the vehicle in that gap, provided you’re back to pick me up at 1600 hours.” In this case, of course the GI is required no less to obey the colonel. The difference, the difference of friendship, is that full information has been conveyed. It is an informational difference, a difference of revelation, not a difference of obedience. [Carson, D. A., The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Crossway Books, 2000), pg. 42].