Jesus made the world friendlier. He revealed how to live as a child of God, and following in this way, we discover that our Father in heaven is also a friend within. And divine friendship is equally open to women as well as men.
Jesus showed us how to transform our consciousness of duty. In morality and ethics, duty is essential; but isolated duty-consciousness loses touch with reality and with God. Duty-consciousness can be stained with fear of the consequences if we fail to perform our duty, resentment at duty felt as a burden, or self-righteous pride in doing our duty in an outward manner, while our concealed motivation is not beautiful. From Jesus we can learn to do the right thing as a friend and for a friend. Acting in that way transforms us. We make personal and wholehearted moral decisions, and carry them out in his spirit of friendliness.
When the professed followers of Jesus unite in this friendliness and reach out as family to the rest of God’s children, this world will breathe a sign of relief.
The painting reproduced above shows the friendly universe expressed in angelic guidance and in parental care for a helpless infant in a dangerous world.