Thursday, October 20, 2011

Need a Friend?

"...All that you love and admire, and wish for, in creatures, and indeed infinitely more, they find in him [Christ]. 
Do you wish for a friend possessed of power to protect you? Our Friend possesses all power in heaven and earth, and is able to save even to the uttermost. 
Do you wish for a wise and experienced friend? In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
Do you wish for a tender, compassionate friend? Christ is tenderness and compassion itself. 
Do you wish for a faithful, unchangeable friend? With Christ there is no variableness, nor shadow of turning; but he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
His unchangeable love will ever prompt him to make his people happy; his unerring wisdom will point out the best means to promote their happiness; and his infinite power will enable him to employ those means. 
In all these respects, our Beloved is more than another beloved; for creatures are not always disposed to render us happy: when they are disposed to do it, they do not always know how; and when they know how, they are often unable. Better is it, therefore, to trust in Christ, than to put confidence in princes."

By Edward Payson. From Legacy of a Legend: Christ, the Beloved Friend

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