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Friends Character

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As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart (Proverb 27:19)

I have a lot of friends and I believe all of you too. But have we ever thought what kind of friends are they?  Did we really know their characters?  Friends are great treasure for us. They can give incredible influence that can change our personal lives. When I was in high school, I had a best friend named Kimiko (Several times I’ve mentioned her name in my post). kimiko gave me an incredible influence and be able to change my very bad and annoying character. When another friend began to stay away and hate me, she was always faithful to accompanied me. Slowly but sure she is trying to change me to become a good girl with a better character. That is the best friend.

In befriended I always assess them and trying to figure out their character. After I recognize it, then I can decide how I should behave to them. And I will choose which one can be best friends, and which ones are just as ordinary friends.

There are some characters that I can get from them and we can learn something valuable from it. There is a friend who has a tough character. From friends like these we can learn to be brave and assertive. We can learn how we brave to struggling to reach our dreams. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (I Timothy 4:10)

There was a gentle friend. They are teaching us to appreciate and loving each other.  We also have an indifferent friend. Verily they make us think how we caring to others. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(Hebrew 10:24-25)

We also find a friend who cannot be trusted. What we can get from them? We can learn to keep our mouth and tongue so that every single word that we say is always trustable. We can imagine and feel what it’s like being lied. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverb 18:21)

Another character is, there was a wicked friend. They are always take advantages of other people for his own benefit. In fact they are the people who make us think and learn how to doing goodness and be kindness to others, but keep cautious.  Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Mark 13:5)

There was a selfish and arrogant friend who always talks about their self, undeniable, always be a superior and always look down to others. Dear friends, we can learn from them to being humble and always remember everything that we do, not come from our strength but from God’s strength. Also remind us that we are a weak person but be strong in God. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. (1Peter 5:6-7)

That is types of friend’s character. God introduced them to us to be wiser to address our life and can take the wisdom and benefits from them. Well my dear friends, as water reflects our face, so friends that we choose will reflect their character too. We are very happy having a lot of friends. We can learn many things from them. But the truly good friend is who can give a positive influence to us and may complement each other. As Proverb says: A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverb 17:17)

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.(Proverb 13:20)

Karina

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Walk Humbly Before God

washing.feet2“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. (1Peter 5:6-7)

This evening I would like to share my thought about being humble (Long time ago, when I was teen I had a serious problem with this. Read my old post about ups and down as a single daughter). My parents implemented some rules in the family and these rules should to keep in our mind and should have to do in our daily lives. The first rule is: always walk in God’s way (this is the most important rule). The other one of them is: always being humble! My parents always remind me about this matter.

I do not know how many times (maybe hundred times) they always remind me to always being humble. I always remember my dad giving me a thought to never being arrogant but always to be humble person. He said: “although we are very rich, have houses and luxury cars, have a lot of money, all of it will become meaningless when we die. At that time, our bodies only placed on a box of coffin and simply taken by an ambulance. All the treasures that we have will not go with us. So don’t be arrogant with everything we have. Do not proud with wealth and luxury things because all of those things are blessing from God and belonging to God.”

Thus says the Lord:“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; (Jeremiah 9:23).

The Bible verse in the first paragraph shows what God wants from us. What does it mean to be humble? Being humble is the opposite of being proud. Pride says “I have done it all myself.” Humility says “Every good gift I have was given to me by God.” Pride says “I am the king of the world.” Humility says “Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and I am His servant.”

Pride says “I am the best.” Humility says “Let me prefer others above myself and give to others.” Pride and selfishness say “It is all about me.” Humility says “My time on earth is short; let God love others through me.” Pride says “What has been given to me is all for me to use and enjoy.” Humility and love say “What has been given to me is for me to bless others as well as to enjoy.”

We have two points from the comparison above. First, in Christian lives, every our actions always refer to the greatness and mightiness of God and humble person always puts himself into a servant. The 2nd point, a humble person is always tried to be a blessing to others. They always wanted other people feel the blessing that they received.

This Bible verses below can be used as an afterthought to us to always being humble. In practice is not easy to being humble but we all know that there is nothing impossible in God. Let God give us strength to always being humble. Jesus Christ our Lord already humbled himself when He rinses His disciples’ feet and died on the cross. So why we not start to humble ourselves as He did. Are we ready?

 “Let this mind be in you which was also in   Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5 – 11).

O God, who resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble: grant us the virtue of true humility, where of Your Only-begotten son showed in Himself a pattern for Your faithful; that we may never by our pride provoke Your anger, but rather by our meekness receive the riches of Your grace.

 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace( Psalm 37:11)

Karina

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