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Biblical Fruits Between Friends

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    Love, joy and peace
    three virtues, over-simplified,
    three fairly well-understood hallmarks
    desired by many, rejected by very few
    who live in community with others.

    Patience, goodness, kindness
    Patience, I readily admit is my own Achilles’ heel.
    Goodness and kindness seem to overlap.
    And yet I have come to understand that they are world’s apart.

    Being kind, I'd hesitate to mention your blatant shortcomings,
    those faults which would hurt your feelings and separate us.
    Being good, I am obligated to make you aware
    of wrongdoings that weaken your purpose and cause others
    to mistrust and ignore you. Goodness goes that extra mile.
    Friends can tell friends the truth even if it hurts
    in the hope of making a better friend.

    Faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
    the last three of the nine qualities which folks consider
    in understanding consequence in relationships.
    Gentleness coincides with kindness and goodness,
    for there is a way in which the truth can be told
    with the intent of a stronger friendship.
    Gentleness I relate to humility, and if I
    see you my friend headed for that lonely place of
    no return, I feel duty-bound to share with you
    any error I see that can be rectified, forgiven.
    Through faithfulness and self-control,
    I can rest at night knowing that
    there are NO secrets between you and me that
    I would regret if you died tomorrow
    and I knew I had not told you the truth.

    inspired by Galatians 5:22-23
    Last edited by Reason A. Poteet; 01-22-2015, 07:17 AM.