Love And Friendship

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"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others." (Philippians 2:3-4).

When we sin it is a transgression against God. Indeed all sin is a sin against God. But God is so gracious that not only will He forgive our sins upon repentance, He will forget them. Because He looks at us as His children, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, He sees in us only perfection and only goodness.

We on the other hand are quick to point out the speck in another's eye and share that with the world no matter our relationship. "And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" (Matthew 7:3).

Proverbs 17 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 17:9 "(9) He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends."

Psalm 69:13-15 (Theme: The Cry of a Lonely Sufferer). "(13) But as for me, my prayer is to Thee, O Lord, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Thy lovingkindness, Answer me with Thy saving truth. (14) Deliver me from the mire, and do not let me sink; May I be delivered from my foes, and from the deep waters. (15) May the flood of water not overflow me, And may the deep not swallow me up, And may the pit not shut its mouth on me."

Today's question. Do you accept your friends as they are?

Solomon in his wisdom is teaching us to be more like God. Accept your friends as they are; indeed cover up their transgressions in the name of brotherly love and deepen your friendship. I am not at all suggesting that you be party to a crime, nor am I encouraging you to do something wrong or illegal. What I am suggesting is that your friends ought to be able to depend upon you, to always see them in the best light and to present them to others in the best light providing them comfort within your friendship. Covering transgressions is not compromising.

"Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, and behold, the log is in your own eye? "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:4-5).

Jesus said it all when He taught us to love one another. While we are on this earth, there is no one who will live a perfect life. We will all say and do things that when scrutinized will make us look bad. There are people who make a vocation out of trying to point out specks in other people's eyes. In fact, if they cannot find a speck, they will try to create one and put it into the eye of another. These people have no real friends. Indeed they live a rather lonely pitiful existence.

I would hope and pray that my friends know that I am their friend and can always make that assumption.

Dear God, recognizing the great love and grace you provide to each of us, who are seriously imperfect, gives me encouragement to always look for the best in others. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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