One thing I found out since my Epiphany, is that I needed to rid myself of “friends” who might cause a temptation and/or just wasn’t spiritually healthy for me to be around. This has also affected my relationship with my siblings.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m extremely tolerant and, as you well know by now, non-judgemental. Many of these relationships walked away and that’s OK. I saw the need to surround myself with people of faith so I let go.
As an example. This past December I flew to Florida to visit a brother, who I was hoping to reconcile with. While there I realized that he was racist. I was terribly uncomfortable with him and just kept to myself. When he dropped me off at the airport there was barely a goodbye from him. I thought about it on the flight back to Charlotte and knew that our relationship was just about nil. I pray for him, but he’s going to have to figure a lot of things out.
As I mentioned, or at least think I have, I am a team member planning for the men’s Christ Renews His Parish event in November. I’ve met some wonderful people and they are the kind of folks I should surround myself with. I can be friends with anyone. But they have to tolerate me just as I tolerate them. Besides, I’d never know when all of sudden, perhaps because they saw the Jesus in me, they might have their own epiphany.
There is a verse in
Proverbs 18:24 There are friends who bring ruin, but there are true friends more loyal than a brother.
I try to live my life with this verse in mind.
John 15:13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
I like to think that I’d lay down my life for anyone, friend or not. I have no idea how realistic that is, but I do know the importance of Love thy Neighbor. I definitely consider you my friend as we both have the same love for our Lord. Sometimes it’s tough, but knowing I have my Lord to guide me, it’s all good.