Those who have read my Post (link below) about being hurt by those I thought were my New friends will understand why I’m seeking advice now about True friendship which is something I value greatly.
I do appreciate the advice of my close friends and those who Commented on my Post, some of my friends agree with me but others have said to me over the years that I Trust others too soon and give my all instead of waiting to be sure that they can be Trusted but I have always chosen to do this because when have they done enough to earn my Trust but if they break my Trust and have no Repentance they no longer have it, although because we are to even Love our enemies I don’t give up on them but I don’t accept the wrong they do and say.
I would very much value your advice too, what is the best focus for True friendship? below is also what friendship means to me.
Loving and Caring friends are God’s way of showing His Love to us so we always appreciate the friends that we have and seek to make more.
We can’t see God face to face in the flesh as we see our friends, He is Spirit but yes He had our human flesh His Spirit being in the body of Jesus Christ The Living Word (John1) conceived by the Holy Ghost both of whom have the exact same seed or Nature as our Abba Father in every way, They are One in Spirit although Their roles are different, The Father always being in Authority, They are Love and can be no other way.
1 John 5:7 For there are Three that bear record in Heaven, The Father, The Word and The Holy Ghost and these Three are One.
We are Jesus, Arms, Hands, Feet and voice in this hurting World and yes we help carry each others burdens (Galatians6:2) which means being there for them. We can see His eyes in our friends eyes when they look at us with Love and we here His voice when they say words of Love to us and show they Love us by their Actions too.
We also feel His Compassion (2 Corinthians1:3-5) when our friends Hold us Close and Cry with us (Romans12:15) and we feel His Joy when they Rejoice with us and when they offer their friendship in words and deeds and we feel even more Joy when we give ours too. We feel His Peace when our Christian Family faithfully Pray for us and with us and we give Thanks always that we do see Him face to face in our Hearts, through their Love.
But we feel God’s Righteous anger when others do and say what is evil, unloving and untrue, yes Satan uses his friends to deceive and hurt us but because we Love God and He has chosen us by His foreknowledge of our Heart Repentance which shows our Faith in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, who is the only way to our Abba Father, He works everything for good in our Lives even their evil intentions.
Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that Love God to them who are the Called according to His purpose.
Psalm 97:9-11 For Thou, Lord, art High above all the earth Thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that Love The Lord hate evil, He preserveth the Souls of His Saints, He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the Righteous and gladness for the Upright in Heart.
Psalm 107:16-18 For He hath broken the gates of brass and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their Transgression and because of their iniquities are afflicted.
Psalm 94: 23 And He shall bring upon them their own iniquity and shall cut them off in their own wickedness yea, The LORD our God shall cut them off.
Proverbs 10:20-22 The Tongue of the just is as choice silver the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the Righteous feed many but fools die for want of Wisdom. The Blessing of the Lord it maketh rich and He addeth no Sorrow with it.
Yes what Satan means for evil God uses for good, I never doubt His goodness and Love towards us because I believe what He tells us in the Bible and if needed I remind myself of the Scriptures below and others that give me this reassurance when I’m facing Trials and Temptations.
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.
Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not be afraid for I have ransomed you. I have called you by Name you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up the flames will not consume you. For I Am The LORD, your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
The teaching that claims that God deliberately inflicts us to mold and shape us has caused people to walk away from Christianity rejecting God as a Sadist and even out of fear to Suicide. We can’t really Trust someone whom we feel will deliberately hurt us even if it is sugarcoated.
Psalm 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from The Lord which made Heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper, The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil, He shall preserve thy Soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even for evermore.
The Scriptures tell us it is slander to even say Believers do evil to bring good out of it, even more so to claim God does this, He is LOVE! (Romans 3:8)