Thursday, September 7, 2023

Friendships that bless

 By Kathy Ball - for the St. Helena Star - September 5, 2023

I’ve been thinking a lot about friends lately — what they mean to me and what it means to be a friend. A friend is someone you can trust; someone who is loyal, compassionate and forgiving; someone who makes you feel loved. And for me, there is no better example of what it means to be a friend than the master Christian himself, Jesus Christ....

 Love distinguished everything Jesus did. He taught love for God, for ourselves as God’s children, and for others both in what he said in his sermons and what he did with his life. He uncovered the divine law of Love, or God, that inspires and impels us all to love. As the author of First John describes it, “We love each other because (God) loved us first” (4:19, New Living Translation)....

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