True Friendships

“Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,’ and to insight, ‘You are my relative’” (Proverbs 7:4).  I can’t emphasise enough how much insight will help in your day-to-day life.

 

If someone’s insightful, they’re a person who looks underneath the surface:  Who looks past the words to see what was meant by them, or looks past the action to find what caused it.  I guess it’s a bit like empathy really – putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes.

 

This verse advises us to keep insight close to us because God knows it’s going to help in our relationships.  When you really know people and understand why they feel how they feel or do the things they do, then you can have true friendships and not just superficial ones.

 

Jesus had a group of twelve who followed Him closer than the rest, and from those, a group of three (Peter, James and John) who were closer still.  They were the ones He wanted praying with Him in His last moments before He was crucified.  What about you?  Do you have some true friends in your life?  Let’s thank God for them today.

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Love Is …

Have you remembered that Valentine’s Day’s coming up this week?  So I’m linking with Kirsten today to share about love:

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Love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

Love is the Father who understands you while others think you’re extreme.

Love is the Friend who invests in you forever, irrespective of the return.

Love is the Judge who never thinks badly about you, but only what’s true.

Love is to be shared.

Love is unstoppable; even your future can’t change it.

Love is God; God is love.

A-Z: X-Ray Vision

Who has X-ray vision?  Well, God does.  “His understanding no one can fathom” – Isaiah 40:28.

 

Our pastor asked one day what we thought a mediator was and somebody said:  “An enabler of dialog.”  He liked that and so did I.  Jesus has opened the Way for conversation between us and God.  He went on to say that if you were choosing a mediator, you’d want someone who ‘Really got you’/really understood where you were coming from, so they could put your case to the other party.  Jesus understands us.  He knows us intimately, and what’s more, we can know God.

 

I heard a story this week that I really wanted to share on the blog, so I’m glad it fits in here.  An actor was once the guest of honour at a gathering, where he was asked to recite extracts from different literature.  An old preacher who was there asked him to recite the 23rd Psalm (the LORD is my Shepherd).  He said he would, on one condition – that the preacher also recited it.  The actor’s recitation was beautiful.  He put the emphasis in all the right places, and as you’d expect, there were applause.  The preacher’s voice was rough from years of preaching; his rendition anything but polished, but when he finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  When asked what made the difference, the actor said:  “I know the Psalm; he knows the Shepherd.”