Lord I believe, help my unbelief.

"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:18-21

Sunday, April 20, 2008

biblical friendships

"Then Jonathan said to David, whatever you desire, I will do for you." 1 Samuel 20:4

God never spoke of Jonathan's position in David's life as too intense. God never asked Jonathan to withhold from David. Jonathan's heart (His feelings and thoughts), were always supportive to and constantly for David in every fashion of their relationship. And not only did his words reflect his heart, but his actions reflected his words.

"Bear fruits that are deserving and consistent with your repentance [that is, conduct worthy of a heart changed, a heart abhorring sin.] Luke 3:8

The word bear is in relation to a continual action. Fruits is just as it represents, the physical manifestation of the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Bear the right fruits in your relationships.

"But if you have bitter jealousy [envy] and contention [rivarly and selfish ambition] in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth." James 3:14

Strong's Concordance: Bitter: as sharp or acrid, irritating or caustic. The definition of caustic is something capable of burning, corroding or destroying live flesh.
Dictionary definition: Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.

Bitterness, Jealousy, Envy, Selfish Ambition, Rivarly, Positioning, Manipulation, Striving and Contention all produce a destroying (or caustic) discontentment in your life. They are causing you to live in conflict to God, and not only in conflict but also in "confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices." James 3:16 And being in a place of discontentment litteraly will destroy the life inside of you.

Do you first find all your needs, wants and portion in God?
Or are you discontent?
Look at the relationships that you are involved in if you are, and root out the caustic tendencies that kill them.
Are you bearing fruits consistent with repentance?
Do your words reflect the thoughts and intents of your heart? Do your actions reflect your heart?

Are you first loving God? Are you secondly loving your neighbor?


Yessica said...

The word "bear" also refers to: large, furry growling type animal that will eat your face off, hibernates, and is historically correlated with honey endeavors. I'm just saying, the things you've written about are inspiring, yes, but I think you're missing some gold if you don't consider all the definitions of the words... think about it.

Lorelei said...

I love the post and your amazing gift to counsel, even though I don't need it because I'm so pure, but I really loved all the amplified scripture. I need to get me one o' those.