Today I want to share some ideas on friendship and freedom, how they are linked together and how they are important for us as Christians who all form the one body of Christ on earth.
C. S. Lewis once said;
“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
This doesn’t mean that God controls everything that we do, he did give us free will. God encourages us to use this free will for the building of His Kingdom on Earth. Everything happens for a reason and God will always ensure that if we make the right decisions we will be rewarded with happiness and, as Lewis mentions above, we will surround ourselves with people who will help us grow.
The late Pope John Paul II said this about ‘free will’;
True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to moral values, and to say that society does not have to ensure the protection and advancement of ethical values. Such an attitude is destructive of freedom and peace. … Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Thank God for the people in your life, thank Him for the pathway that He has set you upon which leads you home to His love. Pray for your companions and pray with your companions on this journey and also take the time to think about why the Lord has placed these people on your path and what they mean to you.
Dominus Lux Mea