According to an article in an recent magazine, “A true friend is one
 who has the courage to disagree with us when [we are] in the wrong, and 
advise us for our own good, rather than let his sympathy or sentimentality
 cause him to agree.” Spurgeon once said, “Friendship is one of the sweetest 
joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trail had 
they not found a friend.” Dr. Alfred Adler, internationally known psychiatrist, 
based the following conclusions on a careful analysis of thousands of clients: 
“The most important task imposed by religion has always been ‘Love thy 
neighbour.’ It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow man that has
 the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury on others. 
It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.” 
It may not be the best but it is true that we can live without romantic love, 
but we cannot live healthy without at least one loving friend. As Dinah Craik so 
eloquently said, “Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with 
a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them 
all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together,  certain that a faithful hand
 will take and sift them, keep  what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness
 blow the rest away.” And, oh, the priceless value of having at least one such 
deep abiding friendship. Thank God for the gift of friendship. 
Make me friendly, Lord, and give me friends to cherish, 
to be totally open and honest without fear of rejection … 

Words Of Wisdom
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Webpage icon Family Life
Webpage icon God knows best
Webpage icon Have you heard?
Webpage icon I am the A to Z
Webpage icon More than enough!
Webpage icon Reaping what we sow?
Webpage icon Serving and being served
Webpage icon The Mission of the Miraculous (Mk 5:21-43)
Webpage icon The Power of Sorrow and the Power of Joy (Mk 5:21-43)
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