Knowing How to Keep Friends

God did his work in six days. Then he rested on the seventh—we are told. Then he looked at what he had accomplished and spoke: “It is very good.” He created, then spoke the words: “It’s ok.” Wrong! He said, “It is very good.”

This creation of ours deserves some time to look at also. We can make friendships possible. Let’s label that: our ability to create also. (Well, we are created in his image.) When we have the ability and the desire to have some friends, maybe it would be wise to follow his pattern of thought. Let’s say for instance, one of your desires is to know and be close to someone as a friend. Someone you can share with in conversations and thoughts. (At times, with very good friends, much more than the basic story you want to share can take fifteen minutes—or more.) The ‘afterthoughts’ may last (stay alive for) twenty-four hours, more or less, as you consider deeply what has been shared with you. God may whisper to you the following: “My ‘afterthoughts’ of all my creations never ever leave me.” For example: We were born one day ago or eighty years ago; God’s thoughts of us, for us, have done nothing but became more intent. (Hebrews 13:5 (kjv): Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.) It may be difficult to tell a good friend those words; however, maybe we could try? How about a new bride being told those words by her new life’s partner? Many times, in life, we bump into situations that are more difficult than we can handle. We may want to be ‘big’ enough to ‘tower’ OVER anything that shows up in our paths; however, we fail. (The Apostle Paul knew what I am writing about; i.e., in his letter to the Roman church, the apostle Paul wrote, “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.… For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I hate.”) The Bible tells us: “I went to my Lord thrice concerning this, and he said to me, ‘My Grace is sufficient to you.'”

Wow! Does that mean his Grace is sufficient until it’s all forgotten, and the water is gone under the bridge? We both (all) put it behind us, never to hear or see it again? Matthew 6:14–15: 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It appears clearly/logically that this teaching ‘of forgiveness’ is the Biblical answer in full. Its tasks are multiple. It is truth we must have a tight grip on, and never let go (forget).

by Robert D. Anderson

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