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Know your friends!

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“While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.”
Matthew 26:47-50 (NIV)

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What or who is a friend? A friend is someone you trust, someone you kiss and hug. This person can hold your love and in most cases carry a secret or two for you. He or she can be a work-mate, a fellow believer in your church or a mentor. A friend can even be family.

So imagine. Being betrayed. By a friend. With a kiss. After this person has warmly greeted and hugged you close.

The thing is that most of us do not have to imagine. I am sure you have experienced a “Judas Kiss” type of betrayal first hand and can think back to a time when you were deeply hurt and terribly disappointed by a so-called friend. Yet I believe these feelings are magnified even more when the betrayal falls even closer. Judas wasn’t simply a friend of Jesus. As one of the disciples he would have been the next best thing to family. They would have intimately shared good times, bad times and in between times. They would have prayed together, worshipped together and rejoiced after the incredible miracles. I always ask myself: “What was Judas thinking?” But that’s not a fair question, because if not Judas then who? Someone had to betray Jesus so He would eventually be crucified for our sins … not so?

While listening to this gospel one Sunday at Mass another series of questions jumped out at me:

  • Even now, all these years later, don’t we ourselves continue to betray Jesus ever so often?
  • How many times have we judged others, been impatient, hard and un-compassionate, while being unwilling to give or support?
  • How often have we slept in late rather than go out to church?
  • Do we usually not fail to turn the other cheek, preferring instead to lash out in defense of perceived injustices against our sound character and good reputation?

Hmmmmmm …. hard questions indeed and just a little something to think more about. As for me, there is much work still to be done on this human being right here. In closing out this post then, my prayer is that God will continue to pour His blessings over us His children, that He may inspire us to always trust in Him – in spite of friends who betray us – day by day by day.

Thanks for visiting and here’s to friends and friendship!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

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WordPress Photo Challenge: One Love (it’s all that matters)

 

One of the best indications of love:
sharing the gift of friendship
– sometimes with coffee and cards 🙂

 

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For more thoughts shared on this blog about the magic of love click here and here and here and of course here.
Don’t forget to check out the other WordPress Photo Challenge “One Love” submissions too!
Thanks for visiting 🙂

 


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Celebrating the Gift of Friendship

 

 

#girlfriends #friends #Barbados friends

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
C.S. Lewis

What an interestingly profound quote!  Who can survive without a good friend?  Not many.  Yet we sometimes take these special people who exist in our lives for granted, albeit unintentionally. Continue reading


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What does love mean to you?

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Love. We all have our own interpretation of this little four letter word. Love can look like and/or mean different things to different people.  We usually accept this because it’s all about perspective and life experiences.

Yet I think one of the key things about love is that the deep emotional feeling which totally embraces and then radiates right through you, leaving a warm tingling tender feeling and bright eyes along with a big broad toothy smile – no matter what time of day or night or whether it’s a life/death situation – that my friends is the real thing!

But take note: for love to be true it must also be unconditional which means no matter what happens, it’s always there – with you and for you – to the very end of time.  I have learnt that true love can sometimes be very hard to come by here on earth.  People may mean well but stuff happens … bad stuff.  As a result we humans can find it quite difficult to forgive and forget especially if the ‘act’ in question was deliberately hate or malice driven.  After suffering a few such encounters where I thought I was loved but found out after a lot of pain it was not the real thing, all I can say is thank goodness there is someone we can always turn to for buckets and buckets of endless never-ending infinite unconditional awesome love!

So let’s take a moment today to think about love and what it means to us.  Let’s lift up all those who have loved us and supported us, while praying for the haters and the back-stabbers who may never love us even as we try to love them.

And if you’re looking for an excellent example of true love and by extension the value of lifetime friendships, click on the image below to watch this touching (very short) love story movie … because without love we are just one big nothing.

Source: BVC Network

Source: BVC Network

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16 (KJV)


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How to save your friendships from dying

 

One of the best things in life is a good friend; do you agree? And are you a good friend?

If you said no, then there’s still time to make a change in someone else’s world today.  Do not delay … the time is now!

Friendship quote_Pam Brown