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How-To Make Friends.

How-To Make Friends.

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BY HENRY ALEXANDER DOUGLAS


St. Luke xvi, 9.



"I aay onto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of
unrighteousness, that when ye fail they may receive you into
everlasting habitations."
BY HENRY ALEXANDER DOUGLAS


St. Luke xvi, 9.



"I aay onto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of
unrighteousness, that when ye fail they may receive you into
everlasting habitations."

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HOW-TO MAKE FRIEDS.BY HERY ALEXADER DOUGLASSt. Luke xvi, 9."I aay onto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye fail they may receive you intoeverlasting habitations."THE meaning of these words of our Lord is obviousenough. They are words of counsel. Theyaddress themselves to the wisdom and sound sense of thoughtful prudent men. Knowing the excellence of friendship, and the importance of having friends inHeaven 9 our Lord proposes to His followers that theyshould aim at making friends. '^ Make to yourselvesfriends."Andy further. He goes on to show them how tomake friends. ot only does He point them to theend, but He shows them the way by which they mustattain it. ot, indeed, what seems at first sight alikely road to such an issue, but the true road never-theless. They are to make friends out of manmion.Mammon is to be the means by which they are towin friends. or does our Lord say of mammononly, stopping when He had said this. But, as if toincrease our astonishment, He adds an expressionwhich places mammon in the worst light, and ascribesto it the most infamous character, — " the mammon of unrighteousness," So our Lord describes it. TheDigitized by CjOOQIC
 
SERM.XVII^] HOW TO MAKE FRIEDS, 211fact is, that money, representing as it does the worthof worldly goods, is most intimately connected withthe world itself, and is almost identified and consub-stantial with it ; so that whatever the world is, moneymust be the same, and if the " world lieth in wicked-ness," as we know that it does, money must lie inwickedness also. And, in truth, money and sin are80 closely allied to each other that it is not easy todissolve the connection, and keep the two separate." Sin," says a proverb, " doth stick close betweenbuying and selling ;" and sin is never at any verygreat distance from any transaction in which moneyplays a leading part. Mammon therefore maywell be called " unrighteous ;" unrighteous, as thelove of it is " the root of all evil," and it is not easynot to love it; unrighteous, as often gained by wrong-ful dealing, and as the dreadful source of half the sinswhich make the world miserable, and of more thanhalf tlie quarrels by which men, and fEtmilies, andnations are torn asunder.And yet, for all this, mammon has its fair side.Mammon, like everything else which sin has cursed,has been redeemed by Christ. It can be used well.If well cultivated it can bear most admirable fruit.If directed into good channels it can become a richand fertilizing stream of bounty. It can conduct itspossessor, if he employ it wisely, to the most gloriousand resplendent issues. It can even make friends ;and those friends so good, and so powerful, and soable to assist their bene&otors, that they will stand asporters at the gates of those bright mansions whichare the home of everlasting felicity, and open thoseeternal doors which are the entrance to an endlesskingdom and never-fading bliss,
 
Digitized byGoogle2] 2 HOW TO MAKE FRIEDS. [SEBM.That is the prospect which is opened to us in thissaying of our Lord. Excellent Mends are promised.Everlasting habitations are pictured to our admiringand astonished view. And the soil in which this richharvest grows is the sterile soil of mammon. Mammon — unrighteous mammon^ mammon^ that fruitful motherof so much that '^ is mean, and selfish, and unjust,and violent, and criminal/^ — may be turned from itsnatural and downward bias, till it ascends to God inHeaven, and crowns its owner, if he use it well andprudently, with joys which cannot end. This ourLord teaches, and it is worth our while to spend somelittle time and thought in considering a saying which ,puts an old subject before us under a new aspect, andshows us that money is given to our stewardship, thatit may make us benefactors, and win for us great andinfluential friends.I. I would first observe that our Lord wouldevidently show us that to "make friends" is thegrand business of life. He sees eternity before Him.He beholds afar off" the mansions which He willafterwards prepare for those who love Him. Andlooking thus to the end of all things, and to man's finaland everlasting destiny. He shows that friendship isthe means by which this good end will be obtained.Make to yourselves friends^ that they may receiveyou into everlasting habitations, is the substance of theprecept which he enforces by a parable, and enjoins onhis followers as a maxim and habitual rule of life.

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