Friends Forever

Think of your best friend. How long have you been friends? How did you meet? Maybe you don’t remember. Maybe you have ‘always been friends’. What if they are far away? Are you still friends? Of course, you are. What this means is that friendship takes place and lives in another plane, another sphere . The connection between friends lives in another space.

If love is the ultimate relationship, then all kinds of love are important. Friendship is a common relationship but friends are more important than we think. Family is important, too, but friendships are a different matter entirely. You choose your friends or maybe your friends choose you.

Friendship is beyond us. It is beyond our understanding although it is not beyond our appreciation. Like all love, it is invisible yet powerful like gravity. You feel it but you don’t know what it is exactly.

Why is this important? Because it shows us that humans are different: they can love. They have the possibility to love much. This mysterious ability takes place in another dimension. We are more than we appear to be. How is it we can love? It is because we are made for more. We are like royalty who lost their country and can’t go back. Their country changed and royal people are no longer needed there.

We are of royal blood, too. Our first parents were king and queen of the earth. But they gave up their thrones and became common folk. How? They fired their wise advisor and benefactor. “We can take it from here, sir.”

Their advisor had some parting words, “It won’t be like it was.” And it wasn’t. And it isn’t. But all is not lost. We must go forward rather than backward. There is a friendship that is higher. It is a friendship with God. We lost that relationship with God, that friendship. But it wasn’t God who de-friended us. He wants us back in a friendly relationship with him. “I don’t call you servants any longer. I call you my friends. A servants doesn’t know his master’s business. But you do. I’ve explained everything to you.” These are the words of Jesus.

He wanted a relationship of co-operation and friendship with people. He wanted to take fear out of the relationship. Don’t worry about the future; he said they all had places secured by God his Father. It is kind of funny. The one we call Lord never lorded it over his friends. He only accepted them as willing associates with him in his work. Then he calls them friends. He expected them to continue his good work.

There is another aspect of friendship. I hope you can follow this. Your friends may die before you do. This is sad, I know. But you will see them again as they are. If fact, when you die, they will be saying to God, “Oh, we must have this person here with us.” They mean you. If they are friends with God, they speak up on your behalf. Now you also need to be a friend of Jesus, sure, but imagine their happiness and yours when you meet again.

Friendships need never end. They can go on forever.

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Weakness

There are two kinds of weakness that are important. The first is a weakness toward sin. This is easy. You just do whatever you feel like. Just do it. It doesn’t matter. But eventually you are in a habit of doing wrong. You justify it to yourself. I have to do this because … This is not really that bad because … Who cares if do this? I’m not hurting anyone.

Well, you are hurting someone. Yourself. You know it. I know it. I mean I know I am hurting myself by this habit. We have to stop.  But how do you do that? Do something else. Something good.

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What would that be? Something Jesus said to do. Let’s take an example: be generous. If you have money, be generous with it. If you have time, be generous with that. Be kind to someone. Does this sound dumb?

It sounds stupid to do this if you are looking at your own resources. If I give, I will have less. If I spend my time on others, I will have less time for myself. All this is true. But what if … What if we had a rich father? What if he was always looking out for you. He approves of your generosity wholeheartedly. If you run short, he will help you out. He may do it in an ordinary way. Yet, you never find yourself without help at the time you need it.

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The second weakness is a little hard to explain. It is weakness toward God. You think you are weak. But toward God, you find yourself strong. I won’t do that. You can’t make me do that. Actually, he can but he won’t. He won’t coerce you. God won’t force you to do anything.

Weakness toward God is this: yes, I will do that and see how it goes. It makes little sense to do that but I will do it. Not – try to do it. Not – think that if everyone did that what a better world this would be. Not – mean to do it at some point in the future. No. At the next opportunity, I will act generous. I will act kind.

No matter how lame your attempt is, God will have your back. Have fun with it. How can I bless this person without it being a big deal where I get the credit for it? Give money secretly. Do something good without making sure everyone knows it.

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Heinrich Von Wier 2

Thoughts of a man who learned wisdom.

Whose Fault

Did you know that it’s all your fault? Everything bad is your fault. Your greatest granddad and grandma went wrong. You were there. That’s right. You were him. You were her. You are Adam. You are Eve. Why? Because if you could have been a better chooser, God would have used you. But you or I would have done exactly the same as they did. We would have eaten the fruit just like they did. We were them. They were us. So all the bad that came from that decision is your fault, and my fault.

The Optimism of God

God knows the first two humans will make a terrible choice. But He also knows that the story will not end there. He knows that some people will find out what he is really like: good, kind and ready to help. Yes, some of us will learn his true nature. And will begin to love him.

Love Believes All Things

Love believes all things. Do bad things happen? Yes. Are some people trying to take advantage of us? Sure. We can believe those things but love believes all things. Love believes God overrides all that. He is working things out for us beyond all that. He is working all things together for our good. We believe all things and are not deceived because we also believe that God is our Father: a powerful caring father who has us in his hand at all times.

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Thoughts of a man who learned wisdom.

Love God

The first commandment is to love God. Why would he command love? It is because he knows no other relationship.

Son of Man

Some say that Jesus was God and became a man. But it says that the Word became flesh and lived among us. That is quite different.

Corruption of Sin

Jesus showed us what sin had done to us when he handed himself over for men to do their worst to him. Men destroyed him in a method meant to cause as much humiliation and suffering as possible. This terrible deed shows us how sin had corrupted men so that they could do all this to the good man. And sin will eventually corrupt each of us completely.

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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Examine

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

Two Kinds

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.

Reason

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.

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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Loved

Human beings must be known to be loved; but the Divine must be loved to be known.

Truth

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

Evil Doings

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Happiness

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.

The Greatness of Man

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.

Wine

Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.

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