Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 June 2009 Exodus 33:11‏

Exodus 33:11     And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend:
 
Oh my friends, today was the ole fella’s Sabbath; he rested from his labours. (smile) Then I was guided to talk about the controversial topic of Friends and Friendship. There’s been so much said and written on it, that I doubt we’ll say it all in one session. But there’s no better place to start than with some of Jesus’ thoughts and words on the subject. ‘Greater LOVE hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do what I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.’ (John 15: 13-15) From Jesus’ words we can conclude that a friend is a close, dear and special person, a confidant; one with whom we share our secrets and important information. To Jesus it was also someone who would obey His commands, do as He asked. The same goes for us ordinary humans. They don’t have to be yes people, in fact we don’t need yes men for our friends, but people who will tell us the truth, although it hurts. Then the greatest test of friendship is if one is willing to die for the other, like Jesus died for us. All of that entails a great responsibility, because to meet those objectives, one has to care and be concerned for the friend, also be willing to guard and protect their privacy and whatever information they’ve entrusted to you per the said friendship. Now here’s a very interesting quote from Paramahansa Yogananda: ‘There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first.’ That’s gospel! Friends and friendships do call for oodles of unselfishness, for as Sol rightly declares: ‘A friend LOVETH at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ (Prov 17:17) But by the same token, we’ve got to be very careful whom we admit to our inner circle and consider friends, for as Bruh David points out; ‘Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.’ (Ps.41:9) And that, my people, is one of the conundrums, the hard questions, the riddles in the friend and friendship stakes. A friend is one who knows your business, but because of that a friend is also the one who can hurt you the most. And take it from me people, there is nothing more hurtful than when a person you consider your friend betrays that trust and confidence you placed in them. And I talk from personal experience here, since I seem to easily but wrongly consider people friends, when in fact they are reprobates. That’s why I reiterate, be very careful and very selective of whom you share your confidences with, because your enemies can’t hurt you as badly as your friends, since they don’t have the powerful ammunition that your close relationships have. But the Lord is most certainly a good God and does repay your hurt, for though I doubt in my personal disappointments that I’ve ever prayed like Bruh David did; ‘But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.’ (Ps. 41:10) somehow or other I’ve always rebounded better off than the ones who abused my friendship. Thank you most sincerely, oh my God! Hn! I just can’t seem to grasp the adage that ‘all skin teeth, ain’t laugh.’ And when I recall my youth, it brings forth a few chuckles. Those days when my poor mother constantly warned me about friends, the so-called variety. She didn’t have a college education but she was well educated in the hard knocks school of life. I got a few lashes too for following friends against her advice. One of the first lessons we have to learn about friends and friendships is that the fewer we have the better. By definition though you cannot have too many friends, you can’t let too many people know your business or get too close to you, and a lot of whom we term friends are merely acquaintances. I like how Beres Hammond puts it in his song, ‘Giving Thanks.’ ‘Right here now, the friends I’m surrounded, are but few, glad I’m not crowded; just enough, just enough for me to concentrate.’ Perfect! We only need a few friends; enough that will give us room to breathe, and time to do our own thing, because true friendship can be rather time consuming. If you have too many, then you’re liable to spend too much time trying to satisfy them all and not enough on your own life. And the interesting thing is that friendships, by their very nature, are things, relationships that grow over, and last for long periods of time, regardless of the stress and strain placed on them. Now don’t fool yuhself mih people, friendships do undergo a lot of turmoil and uncertainty, especially if one person always has problems and expects the other to be always there, not only to help with the solution, but to fix the problem. There’s nothing that can erode a friendship like one person being overly dependent and continually seeking help without giving any in return. It’s strange how some friendships can be so simple, but strong and lasting, while others are always in conflict, one complaining about the other and vice versa. I dare say that the latter isn’t a true friendship, but more a dependent relationship. Friends have problems, but true friends work them out, whether it’s by having a knock down, drag our fight, or just agreeing to disagree, but in the long run they get over their differences, which in many cases are superficial. They hug, shake hands and apply Jesus’ cure all remedy; forgiveness. Makes me remember the friend who was supposed to visit me today. I guess she came and/or called, but since the ole fella was resting, he didn’t hear anything. She must have been annoyed, because she didn’t even leave a message on the phone. But that’s my Drama Queen #2. She’ll give me the business, and I’ll apologize profusely, but it won’t cause any rifts, cause we’ve been too much already to let a little thing like that come between us. Now that’s what you call a true friendship; one of the few I have. More tomorrow, God willing. Till then, Much LOVE!…the true test of friendship…the willingness to forgive each other… Oh Friends, I have to laugh yes. I just turned the page to read over what I’d written, only to discover that I don’t have a Bit as yet. There were plenty to choose from, but the passion and the fire to write was so strong that I couldn’t put it off to decide on a Bit. So lemme go and find one now nuh. Hn, hn, hn! Ah guess what deh say is true; the ole fella not crazy, just slightly brain dead. (smile)
 

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