A Holy Kiss
“And they followed Him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young man laid hold on him” Mark 14:51.
We were not given any details of who this young man was. But this young man needs to be commended, because he went further with Jesus than his closest associates. This young man displayed exceptional affection for Jesus, by going beyond where others stopped.
As much as we have “Cold Kiss” we also have “Holy Kiss”. Many people believe that there is no longer true love because our atmosphere has been polluted with hatred. A lot of people believe there is nothing called selfless sacrifice anymore.
I want you to know that as much as God is love and He still rules in the affairs of men, there is true love.
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” Prov. 17:17.
A friend is someone that can stand by you when you need a support, someone that can identify with you; not only when everything is rosy, but when things are not going well. When you’re heating a block of unrefined gold, all the impurities begin to run from the region that is closer to the source of it. If you are heating from the bottom, these impurities move to the top. The real gold stays and withstands the heat.
Your true friends don’t run away in hot season, they stay.
Foes Or Friends
“And it came to pass, when he had med me an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would let him go no more to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David and his garment, even his sword and to his bow, and to his girdle” 1 Sam. 18:1-4.
Saul refused to let David go back to his father’s house, not because he loved him but because he did it out of selfish motive. Responding to some invitations is like responding to assassination. Saul’s love for David was on the surface, and this was why the relationship went sour.
The foundation on which a relationship is built will determine the lifespan of the relationship. Be careful to examine what motivate those who hang out with you, because if the motive is selfish, the relationship will not last.
“And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth and the saying displeased him; and he said, they have ascribed unto David ten thousands and to me they have ascribed but a thousand; and what can he have more than but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward” 1 Sam. 18:7-9.
Saul could not stand the kind of honor given to the shepherd boy, while Jonathan, who was a true friend, could stand it. I’m sure you will agree with me that we have few “Jonathan’s” in our world, and a lot of “Saul” floating everywhere.
You need to learn to be comfortable with the success of your close associates. If you have problem with people excelling around you, then your problem is a capital problem. This was what led to the destruction of Saul. From the moment he became envious, he began to decline.
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