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Usually we read about just how happy the meek are, or the gentle, something like: “Happy are those who are nice!” Sigh… no!
“Friendly” in English is directly related to the word in question in Greek. This is about friendship, true friendship, not self-serving rubbish, not nicey-niceness, but true friendship, friendship that will come to bat for you when you’re beaten down, but friendship that will whoop you upside the head without hesitation when you’re being stupid, friendship that is welcoming, but friendship that knows who is who and respects that. This kind of friendship is what the Lord meant about Himself when He called Himself our friends, calling us His friends, after He rose from the dead and met with those who had… run… away… How good and kind our Lord is. What a good Friend He is.
The friendly will inherit the land because they are the only ones who are welcoming of new life from natural conception onwards. Justice wins out. Truth wins out. Respect for life wins out. Agressive wars can kill many, but the arrogant will soon die as well. And it is those who are welcoming of life who will win the day. Always. A bit of a future tense is necessary here, but that future tense is also a promise, a prediction, a prophesy. The extreme liberation theologians for the day would have been rather upset with our Lord!
Generally speaking, those who are friendly, who are welcoming of life, are poor, because they have large families. They welcome life into their lives. They are friendly.
Generally speaking, those who are friendly are the ones people turn to in time of need, in time of distress, in time of their need for advice. The friendly, in this way, direct how things go in their local communities, in their lands, in this way and that, no? People recognize true friends, and flock to them. How blessed are the friendly! Yes, a transcendent joy to be a true friend to one and all. A true friend first of all keeps up his friendship with Jesus, who is good and kind, The Friend.