Friend Peter Fitch. St. Croix Vineyard Sunday, September 11, 2016
There are so many beautiful quotes about friendship . . . • Euripides: “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” • Walter Winchell: “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” • Thomas Aquinas: “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” • Mark Twain: “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
More great quotes . . . • C. S. Lewis: “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” • Elbert Hubbard: “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” • Linda Grayson: “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” • Aristotle: “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” • Bob Marley: “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
Job’s friends One thing right, many words wrong . . .
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Psalm 15 1 O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill 2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. 3 He doesnotslanderwithhistongue Nor doesevil to hisneighbor, Nor takesup a reproachagainsthisfriend;
Psalm 15 4 In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change 5 He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
John 15 Verse 13: Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. Verse 14: You are My friends if you do what I command you. Verse 15: No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Who is the Father of Judaism? • Noah? • No, ah, it’s Abraham • What the rabbis taught . . . There is a difference • First, the parable of the King’s pearl and the piles of sifted soil • Then, the outward look and the hospitality at his camp near the oaks of Mamre (Genesis 18)
David Brooks: The Road to Character (2015) • The difference between the resume virtues and the eulogy virtues • Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Lonely Man of Faith (1965): the difference between Adam 1 and Adam 2
The Truth • There are people with whom we “share a soul” and they are pure gift to us • However, we can choose to become “friend” to all around • We can grow in integrity and stand up for what’s right • We can also lay down our lives (usually in very small ways) in order to be a friend to the people we come in contact with, especially to those who are going through something difficult (Jacob and Murray)