“If I am even with my enemy, the debt is paid;
but if I forgive it, I oblige him forever.
– Wm Penn, from his book Maxims
The Holy Spirit Filling is not for those who “Appreciate” righteousness,
or “Like” it, or “Smile” upon it.
The Filling is only for those with a desperate,
driving desire (“hunger”) for Righteousness. (Mat 5.6)
– eab, 10/12/14
Upon a tree with serrated leaf I found,
A fresh nut growing, smooth and round.
It had grown all summer, at its best,
But September still found it far from rest.
Its shape was right, its form – “No sweat.”
But maturity it was striving for, and
Hadn’t reached there yet.
Its size told that – a little small,
Give it time, “Rome wasn’t built in a fall.”
Its color also revealed its youth,
Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t uncouth.
It just lacked the brown of Autumn’s tone,
The pastel acorns claim for their own.
I’m sure given time it will be just right,
Big, full-fruited, sealed Tupperware-tight,
Grown-up color, maturity’s stroke,
The future, miniature, enduring oak.
But this morning, it’s not ready for all that,
Growing feet above the forest floormat.
This morning it’s ready to be youthful and green,
To stick by its place and flourish unseen.
I’ve expressed in part what I felt to tell,
Youth to maturity – in a nutshell.
– eab, Sep. ’76
Every one of your friends share fields of mutual interest with you.
(Some share A B C, some X Y Z, some A & X, some only share Q.) If/when a friend leaves field A (and it was his only mutual field) he drops from a friend to former friend or an “acquaintance.” If a friend leaves every field of mutuality he may cease to mean anything to you and in fact, may become your enemy. If a man can drop friends with enough reasons, surely God is not obligated to keep a man as His “friend” when He has every evidence that the man no longer wants to be friends with God.
ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED IS NOT FAIR TO GOD!
– eab, 8/29/15