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Transformation Garden - April 14, 2014

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April 14, 2014

“Now some women were there also, looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome, who when Jesus was in Galilee, were in the habit of accompanying and ministering to Him; and there were also many other women who had come up with (Jesus) to Jerusalem.”

Mark 15: 40, 31
Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION

“Why The Women Stayed”
Part V

“Friendship is in loving rather than in being loved.”

Robert Bridges

What kind of friend do I believe I am?

If I had been one of the women in the company of Jesus, would I have chosen to stay by His side and be His friend when He needed me the most?

“By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable.”

Jeremy Taylor

INSPIRATION

“I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father.”

John 15: 15
Amplified Bible

It’s one of the greatest gifts I believe we have been given here on planet earth -- the gift of friendship. Whether it’s an “old” friendship like the one I enjoy from my dearest “Mary Mo,” whom I met when I was just 7-years-old or it is a “newer” friendship like the one I share with my dearest Betteanne who I had lunch with on Thursday, my life has been immensely refreshed because of the dear ones I call my friends.

While there are many fabulous qualities which true friends possess, there are several characteristics that the friends I value the most have in common, specifically three: Loyalty, Honesty, and Generosity.

            I want to look at each of these characteristics individually:

A.   Loyalty -- One noted author describes loyalty in the most practical and understandable terms: “Loyalty means not that I am you...loyalty means that I share a common ideal with you and we are confident in one another’s good faith, trust, constancy, and affection.” Loyal friends may not see eye-to-eye with me on everything but they do stand with each other on the principles that are the foundation of our lives.

B.    Honesty -- I recently read that honesty is not the best policy -- it is the only policy. As Thomas Fuller penned, “Honesty is a fine jewel.” In fact, I find that those who are honest with me are the individuals in my life who I treasure more than jewels.  

       C. Generosity -- When I think of the characteristic of generosity, I’m not referring to

   someone who gives you things, I’m thinking of the quality of someone’s heart. A

   generous-hearted person is the one, who as Simone de Beauvior observed, “Gives

   your all and yet they feel as though it cost them nothing”

Loyalty, honesty, and generosity. These are qualities that Jesus showed to the women who followed Him. He was a loyal friend in a world that showed little constancy. He honestly told them what they needed to know not what they wanted to hear. And as He hung on a cross, arms outstretched in infinite love, His heart was given in complete generosity. What more could these women long for? And so in response to a love so complete, they came to a hilltop. Not as servants but as friends. Being there with Jesus in His time of need was exactly what friends do. In the words of Janet Morley: “Christ, whose bitter agony was watched from afar by women, enable us to follow the example of their persistent love; that, being steadfast in the face of horror, we may also know the place of resurrection in Your name.” The women stayed because Jesus was their friend, a forever friend!

“True friendship is a plant of low growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation”

George Washington

AFFIRMATION

“O God, our heavenly Father, who hast commanded us to love one another as Thy children, and hast ordained the highest friendship in the bond of Thy Spirit, we beseech Thee to maintain and preserve us always in the same bond, to Thy glory, with all those to whom we are bound by any special tie...may we be perfected together in that love which is from above, and which never faileth when all other things shall fail. Send down the dew of Thy heavenly grace upon us, that we may have joy in each other that passeth not away; and, having lived together in love here, according to Thy commandment, may live for ever together, being made one in Thee, in Thy glorious kingdom hereafter, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

John Austin
1613-1669

“Now some women were there also, looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome, who when Jesus was in Galilee, were in the habit of accompanying and ministering to Him; and there were also many other women who had come up with (Jesus) to Jerusalem.”

Mark 15: 40, 31
Amplified Bible

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcarcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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