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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP.pdf

THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER, D.D.




WHEN the Master first looked
upon Simon, he saw him as
he was, and saw him through
and through. When a
stranger comes into our
presence, we see only his outward appearance.
We cannot look into his heart nor read the
inner secrets of his life. But the look of
Jesus that day penetrated to the very depths
of Simon's being. He read his character.
He saw all his life, what had been good, and
what had been evil.
BY J. R. MILLER, D.D.




WHEN the Master first looked
upon Simon, he saw him as
he was, and saw him through
and through. When a
stranger comes into our
presence, we see only his outward appearance.
We cannot look into his heart nor read the
inner secrets of his life. But the look of
Jesus that day penetrated to the very depths
of Simon's being. He read his character.
He saw all his life, what had been good, and
what had been evil.

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIPBY J. R. MILLER, D.D.WHEN the Master first lookedupon Simon, he saw him ashe was, and saw him throughand through. When astranger comes into ourpresence, we see only his outward appearance.We cannot look into his heart nor read theinner secrets of his life. But the look of Jesus that day penetrated to the very depthsof Simon's being. He read his character.He saw all his life, what had been good, andwhat had been evil. " Thou art Simon," hesaid.But that was not all. Jesus not only sawSimon as he was— he saw also the possibili-ties that were in him, all that he might be-come, and this was something very great andvery noble. " Thou art Simon— thou shaltbe called Cephas." Now he was only a rough[145]Ci^e Ueautt of telecontrolfisherman, rude, unrefined, uneducated, with-out ability, without power or influence, fullof faults. None of the neighbors of Simonsaw in him any promise of greatness. Theynever dreamed of him as attaining the great-ness and splendor of character that ultimate-
 
ly he reached. But that day when Simonwas introduced to him, Jesus saw all thatthe old fisherman might become in the yearsbefore him.In a gallery in Europe there hang, side byside, Rembrandt's first picture, a simplesketch, imperfect and faulty, and his greatmasterpiece, which all men admire. So, in thetwo names, Simon and Peter, we have two pic-tures,— first, the rude fisherman who cameto Jesus that day, the man as he was beforeJesus touched his life and began his work on him; and, second, the man as he becameduring the years when the friendship of Jesus had warmed his heart and enriched hislife; when the teaching of Jesus had givenhim wisdom and started holy aspirations inhis soul ; and when the experiences of struggle[146]and failure, of penitence and forgiveness, of sorrow and joy, had wrought their trans-formations in him.When Jesus said, " Thou shalt be calledCephas," he did not mean that this trans-formation of Simon would take place instan-taneously. The fisherman did not at oncebecome the Rock-man. This was the maninto whom he would grow along the yearsunder Christ's tuition and training. Thiswas what his character would be when thework of grace in him should be finished.The new name was a prophecy of the manthat was to be, the man Jesus would makeof him. Now he was only Simon, rash, im-
 
pulsive, self-confident, vain, and thereforeweak and unstable. " Thou shalt be Peter — a stone." That very moment the strugglebegan in Peter's soul. He had a glimpseof what the Master meant in the newname he gave him, and began to strivetoward it."When the fight begins within himself,A man's worth something. God stoops o'er his head,[147]Ci^e :Bea«tt of telecontrolSatan looks up between his feet— both tug— He's left, himself, i' the middle: the soul wakesAnd grows. Prolong that battle through his life!Never leave growing till the life to come!"Think what Jesus was to Peter during theyears that followed. He was his teacher, hisfriend, his inspiration. If Simon had notcome to him and entered his school, he wouldnever have been anything but a rough, swear-ing fisherman, casting his nets for a few yearsinto the Sea of Galilee, then dying unhonoredand being buried in an unmarked grave bythe sea. His name never would have beenknown in the world. Think what Peter be-came, then of what he is to-day, in history,in influence upon the countless millions of lives that have been blessed through him— all this, because Jesus found him and becamehis friend.A new human friendship coming into a life

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