A Friend Is Not a Leaning Post

A friend is not a leaning post. Real friendships exist in an atmosphere imbued with unselfishness. In this atmosphere there is no possessiveness, no burdening. There is only a desire to support and bless others. Such unselfish friendships are consecrated to good and are the happy by-product of a desire to meet one's obligations to God.

Mrs. Eddy says: "Consecration to good does not lessen man's dependence on God, but heightens it. Neither does consecration diminish man's obligations to God, but shows the paramount necessity of meeting them." Science and Health, p. 262; In all things Christ Jesus met his obligations to God by placing the spiritual before the material. Consequently, for him the natural sequence in friendship included placing the divine before the human.

Breaking the Barriers of Old Age
September 7, 1968

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