Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Friend


Humility is an interesting concept of the Christian faith.
In Proverbs 27:17,19 it is stated, "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend ... as in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man."
I sometimes sit in social situations and observe quietly, (some may find that hard to believe) just taking in the conversations around me, admiring the people, listening to the inflections of voice, noting the positioning of body language, enjoying the fellowship. I am humbled in that I am allowed the privilege of being a participant in the lives of these people. I am humbled in that they have chosen to call me friend. C.S.Lewis in reflecting upon his friendships and speaking of the level of mutual respect sometimes wondered that he was there among those who were so much his better.
Humility is not usually viewed as the honing aspect of creating the edge to a man's integrity. Ideally though, the relationship of friendship and humility is such that sharpening is a result of the viewing of each other's hearts and the realization that the hearts of men do not differ much from one-another. In the revelation of the mind and heart of man we find that as water reflects, so a man's heart discovers in other men the same heart residing in him. In this we have commonality, fellowship, camaraderie, in this there lies the understanding, compassion , love, fidelity, and sharing. In humbleness of the realization of the state of the heart, we can say there is no condemnation, no scorn, for 'he who is without sin', can cast the first stone, and there 'but for the grace of God, go I'.

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