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Meaningful RelationshipJesus as a Friend

Jesus the Good ShepherdTo the child in all of us, Jesus becomes a friend, a parent, a healer, a comforter even a partner in life. He becomes the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Vine or the Living Water depending upon our need. Jesus says in Matthew 11.28,29, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Some of us may have a logical grasp on the way of salvation but unless we gain something of the child as well it can become merely a cold intellectualism. Didn't Jesus say that unless one becomes like a little child one cannot enter the kingdom of heaven?✞

The Parent

Person teaches two childrenThe "parent" in each one of us has two main functions. First, it enables an individual to parent actual children, thus promoting the survival of the human race. Secondly, it saves us a good deal of time and energy by making many automatic responses to everyday experiences. When we tell someone, "Don't touch!" they instinctively pull their hand away from whatever it was that was a danger. To parent actual children frees a person from the necessity of making innumerable trivial decisions over and over again and allows him or her to use either the logical Adult functions or emotive Child functions more fully.✞

"Parent Actual Children"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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