Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Friend or Foe

June 27

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly ..."   Proverbs 18:24


"Is there a more magnificent demonstration of this in all the annals of friendship ..."


Is there a more magnificent demonstration of this in all the annals of friendship, than JESUS CHRIST?  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  When the grenade of our demise was thrown into the crowd of sin, HE fell on it that selfless day at Gethsemane.  "And one shall say unto HIM, What are these wounds in THINE hands? Then HE shall answer, those with which I was wounded in the house of MY friends."  The most noble thing Judas Iscariot ever did, was when he hung himself, having betrayed the very epitome of friendship incarnate. 

"My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me."  Sometimes, even the nearest and dearest on earth will turn and forsake us.  JESUS even warned of the day when this type of treachery will become the norm, rather than the exception (cf. Luke 12:51-53). Friendships, as defined and designed, are reciprocal; though often strained by one or more parties.  Friends can prove themselves the most fickle persons here on earth, but recall in those times: "there is a FRIEND that sticketh closer than a brother."  Beware however, of false friends who are as ubiquitous as false motives.  The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.  And likewise count it prudent to steer clear of every association of which the LORD would disapprove: "... whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of GOD."

While among us, JESUS had a reputation for befriending "publicans and sinners."; in fact, GOD has always reached out HIS hand to befriend those headed for Hell, redeeming all who would have HIM their friend as well.  "Abraham believed GOD, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of GOD."  No guard will be posted at the Pearly Gate to insist: 'Halt, who goes there'; for obedience will prove one either friend or foe.  "Ye are MY friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you ... I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of MY FATHER I have made known unto you."  Are you showing yourself an obedient friend of CHRIST, to those still hostile to the greatest FRIEND the world has ever known? 

"Howbeit JESUS ... saith unto him, go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the LORD hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."

For Love of Country
William Penn (1644-1718)
(Founder of Pennsylvania)
"Government, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too.  Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments.  Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad ..."

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