Faith cometh by hearing
– The Word
*This article is the conclusion of a treatise we started upper
Sunday. Please enjoy it.
Choose your friends
And since you cannot help but listen to the kind of friends whose company you keep, it thus
behoves you to choose your friends. If you find yourself making acquaintances with
frivolous-minded individuals, simply nip the relationship in the bud, as it will not do you
much good. Avoid such contacts. Life is too short to be mundane and frivolous with time.
In the case of family members, whom you admittedly cannot choose, the advice is to spend as
little time with the frivolous-minded and petty talkers among them, as this is reflective of the
way their minds work. And you cannot gain much from such minds. Remember that only iron
can sharpen iron, as the Holy Book rightly states.
Scale every relationship
When you make a new friend, I advise that you ‘scale’ the relationship on the basis of what
he/she says and does. A leopard can hardly change its skin, and the way a man talks and acts
is reflective of his innermost convictions and thoughts. It was the Master that said, ‘Out of the
fullness of the heart, the mouth speaketh’. If the friend does not ‘pass’ your test on these
bases, move on!
There are over 7seven billion people on earth. You will find your type, as water always finds
its level. Mix only with the serious-minded who talk wholesomeness, wealth and health. Not
with frivolous or complaining minds that are always good at talking down the rich, and are
full of gloom and/or complaints. This is golden advice, as you will about be an average of the
five closest people to you, by all standards. Life is too short to be wasted and too long to be
If on the other hand, you find people who speak faith, love, wealth, health, wisdom,
encouragement and inspiration into your life, cherish such relationships, and do all within
your power to be in their company, even if it’s only through their books, on the telephone, or
even on the Net!
What do you say, also?