Friday, February 18, 2005

The Son's Rising of Friendship

Morning everyone, It is an honor to serve each and every one of you here on this day by providing you with truth that has come to my life. I want to write to you, humbly write to you on my evolution in friendship.

Ernst (urnst) is my good friend we started off as prayer partners around the beginning of last year '04. We have asked the Lord to enter our brotherhood and help us to hold each other accountable for our commitments to Him.

It is important that I mention my experience with friendship because we (especially young men) live an enourmous untruth when it comes to how men should act. All of this what is "manly" over what is "gay". In this blog I will give each one of you details so that you my recognize for your own self the characteristics of a healthy male relationship.

LOVE for God and for each other is the key to a lasting bond in brotherhood. Ernst and I both seek to glorify God in all that we do. When we first began our initial relationships as prayer partners we weren't sure of what should happen. We were both at a mature understanding in God to where the idea made sense, but our consistency had to develop with fine-tuning. We would pray one day, and a whole month would go by before we prayed again. We would start up again and go on spiritual leave all over again. We eventually got the hang of it and one day Ernst said to me "brother, I've been thinking that if we gone roll with the Lord then we gotta' do like our life depended on it; it cain't be no other way", he professed. "We need to look at our prayer life as something we need every day and if we don't we might die!".

HONESTY in our actions. In the word of God we are instructed to confess or sins to our bretheren (sisters who read this you too!) We are both abstaining from sexual activity and there were time in our journey that we had become weak and strayed from our path. Almost simultaneously we both recognized the importance of letting the other friend know when you have made a mistake or stumbled. This is essential because he/she is there to help you and desperately needs your help and your love. Be honest because your friend may have done something he is not proud of and doesn't know that it is alright to confess to you for fear of judgement or breech of contract, but God does not work that way God is a forgiving master and like him your friend should be there for your. (THAT IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE TWO OF YOU TO ENGAGE IN PRAYER DAILY)

FREEDOM FROM ALL INHIBITIONS cement a life long bond in your friendship. I told Ernst this morning as we were returning from Ballys that " I used to ask God what my boy would be like, man that is man like me, and we could relate to each other in life." I told Ernst this I told him that I am proud to know him and that we are going to let brother know what type of relationship they deserve to grow healthily in their own lives. I laugh with this brother all the time, I worship with this brother all of the time, I go before God for him as you should for your "boy" or your "girl"! If we want life to be grand for each of us we must change how we understand what is greatness what is "Hype" and not smilin' because you are "too hard" for all that an inability to express love because you are "too grimey" that is WEAKNESS. You will always have issues in your life not only your relationship with your friends but in with your father, other people in your family, your spouse, and don't forget God! You will limit your relationship with the Lord because you will not release.

GUIDANCE will be something that the two of you naturally provide for each other. Ernst and I hold each other accountable. "Ernst, what did you eat today Ernst?" I will ask to make sure he sticks to his diet. "brother bartell, what is your prayer life looking like brother? Have you been reading your Bible?" How are your classes, are you coming to Worship Service on Sunday, it's 4:40 am you know that we will be meeting at Ballys by five-thirty. As a friend you must be a stronghold, if no other person can keep a secret or tell you the truth about yourself a godly friendship with display this characteristic.

SUPPORT is important and is a great resopnsibility. People get jealous so easily, I pray for God's goodness to be all over Ernst. I pray that he will be open to his purpose in life. I always want to lift him up and never tear him down. Throughout are young lives we are jealous in our friendships these days, when one friend receives a blessing somehow it get translated in to some type of threat to the other. Or when one friend begins to live a better life that is pleasing God, the other friend want to remind the friend who has grown of how much dirt he or she used to do. We will ask ourselves "what am I doing wrong?", or "when am I gonna get all that he/she is getting?" This is a sin and, we have to get that junk our of your system or else are friendships with surely fail. Every single time.

WHY is this so important? Why are you being opinionated? I have not intention to point a finger at anyone, I want you to know what you deserve from life what your options are. When it comes to anything that you keep close to you in life, it will be better for you if it is clean, and does not harm you are tear you down. Your friends should make inspire you to seek more in life, you should inspire them to want to live better, for something greater than themselves.

AAA IT MUST BE TRUE because it was given from God to me to share with you, and I will not give you any trash only words to make your life true. Amen


Blogger bigcountry said...

Brother Bartell,

Thanks for your encouraging article on friendship. You make me want to examine my own friendships. It is refreshing to know that men can love like brothers, serve the Lord and not be ashamed. Your message was heard loud and clear.

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