A Thought Called "Trustworthy Friendship"
“A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, another soul whom he can trust utterly to always guard him against the darkness, to the point of opposing it even within him. Someone(s) who knows the best of our potential and the worst of our weaknesses, and who loves us enduringly through manifestations of both. One who speaks the honest truth to us, while those of the flesh would flatter us to our faces and laugh at us behind our backs. One who will give us Counsel and Reproof in the day of prosperity and self-conceit, but who, again will comfort and encourage us in the day of difficulty and sorrow, when the world leaves us alone to fight our battles as we can. If we have had the Good fortune to be so Loved by such a friend, let us do all that we can to prevent satan’s intention to separate such a bond.
Let us make haste to be grateful and loyal to that which they defend, and to do anything rather than lose their True Help. If we see a fault, we must weigh it against the Truth rather than any residual wounded pride, which satan would be fueling with fresh fight. And if we do not agree, we must be willing to yield our own hearts to those who have been Given to know and bear more than we do, for the sake of guarding our souls as they have. We must return to peace and oneness of heart and mind and purpose, return and return and return, rather than lose that most precious of all earthly possessions—a trusty friend, and the goal of such friendship: a People. And such a friend once won, need never be lost, if we will only be trusty and true ourselves. May Truth be our Guide and our point of return, when satan longs to drive us asunder! TRUE Friends!” (Cha. Kingsley) 12:35 p.m.