And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:31 [KJV]

To convince someone in love to detach from his lover is a hard task and often ends in futility. Their separation will come the hard way when one has discovered through a painful experience the reason he was advised to keep off.

When your heart is set and inclined to do something, you will work against all obstacles to ensure you have done it. Nothing can stand in a way of our desires of the flesh better than the presence of God in our lives. The book of James 4:7-8 [KJV] states so well that, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.Recognizing the fact that, on our own we do not have strength to resist these flesh desires, it requires a total surrendered to the God’s leading.

Often we get to hear words of warning from friends, leaders, colleagues, spouses, but we still move ahead with our plans to commit sin. We often ignore those words of wisdom that came at the right time for us to avoid falling to sin but we either pretend to listen but act contrary to the counsel, or defy such warnings out rightly. Generally we do not consider friend advice as God sent. It is an easy-come counsel because it is from friends who speak from their concern for us, they do not need to think deep and hard on how to approach us they are spontaneous; this way God can reach us easily and effectively. “A friend who will comfort and impart strength, will turn back the darts of the enemy that are aimed to destroy… True friends who will counsel, who will impart magnetic hopefulness, the calming faith that uplifts the soul, oh, such help is worth more than precious pearls” – 3 Bible Commentary p.1163

True friends are our reminder of God’s will; their advice and counsel is often easy to ignored and easy to trash but at least it is available. Deep in our hearts we known, that true friend’s counsel is the right way to go. By resisting counsel and advice we allow temptation to overcome us despite the knowledge of the path we are taking. True Christian friends are spiritual support pillars to us. They provide consolation encouragements and support in dark days and in joyful situations. They are God-given. We will do well to listen lest we get judged for not heeding God’s voice to lead a pure life. – By A. Eliamani


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