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Introduction

His Roles: Week 1

His Roles: Week 2

His Roles: Week 3

His Roles: Week 4

His Joy: Week 5

His Joy: Week 6

His Joy: Week 7

His Joy: Week 8

His Strength: Week 9

His Strength: Week 10

His Strength: Week 11

His Strength: Week 12

His Sensitivity: Week 13

His Sensitivity: Week 14

His Sensitivity: Week 15

His Sensitivity: Week 16

His Loyalty: Week 17

His Loyalty: Week 18

His Loyalty: Week 19

His Loyalty: Week 20

His Love: Week 21

His Love: Week 22

His Love: Week 23

His Love: Week 24

His Leadership: Week 25

His Leadership: Week 26

His Leadership: Week 27

His Leadership: Week 28

His Teachings: Week 29

His Teachings: Week 30

His Teachings: Week 31

His Teachings: Week 32

His Light: Week 33

His Light: Week 34

His Light: Week 35

His Light: Week 36

His Priorities: Week 37

His Priorities: Week 38

His Priorities: Week 39

His Priorities: Week 40

His Spirit: Week 41

His Spirit: Week 42

His Spirit: Week 43

His Spirit: Week 44

His Balance: Week 45

His Balance: Week 46

His Balance: Week 47

His Balance: Week 48

Next Year:

By Richard and Linda Eyre

WEEK 24: MAGNANIMITY AND FRIENDSHIP

Chinese poet-philosopher Li Hung Chang said: “The only problem with Christ is that His teachings are too lofty to be practical.”

Napoleon is quoted as saying:
“I have inspired multitudes with such devotion that they would have died for me. But to do this it was necessary that I should be visibly present. Christ, unseen, asks for the human heart…and all who sincerely believe in Him experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him.”

Chang was overwhelmed, Napoleon mystified, by Jesus Christ’s love, by the fact that no one was excluded from it and by the fact that all who truly felt it returned it.

Christ created the quality of magnanimity when he added to the easy love (of friends and comrades) the difficult love (of enemies and opposites) (see Luke 6:27-38). His love overpowered hard-to-love people. His forgiveness was instant and total (see Matthew 18:21-22), and it flourished even on the cross (see Luke 23:34). His friendship extended even to his betrayer (see Matthew 26:50).

It is because of Christ’s love for all that he can ask all to love him by loving each other. And indeed he did ask this: “Love your enemies” (Luke 6:27, 35); “Do good to them that hate you” (Matthew 5:44); and, perhaps most striking and challenging of all, “Love one another, as I have loved you” (John 13:34-35).

Did Christ’ life leave any clues, any keys to the seemingly impossible door leading to the love of everyone and the hate or resentment of no one?

Yes. One key is found in the example Christ set of finding reasons for appreciating people. Christ spoke approvingly of loyalty (see Mark 10:29-30). He commended the use of talents (see Matthew 25:14-23). He saw good in things as small as the widow’s mite (see Mark 12:43), and in things as large as the hidden power and quality of his apostle Peter.

Another key is the way Jesus could believe in people even when they did not believe in themselves (see Luke 5:8-10).

Still another key ties into the practice of praying earnestly for other people: for friends (see Luke 22:32; John 17:9), and also for the unworthy (see Matthew 5:44).

A final key (and perhaps the greatest) comes to us as we learn to view all men as friends and as brothers (see Matthew 5:21-24).

What a blessing (and an incentive) it is to know that, as we make friend with the least of our brothers, we are making friends with the greatest (and most senior) of our brothers (see Matthew 25:40).

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