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The good feeling that comes from being with someone else:  the fellowship existing among companions : company: the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends;" the relationship of companions; fellowship;  other terms associated with- fellowship, company, friendship, fraternity, rapport, camaraderie, togetherness, comradeship, amity, alliance, affiliation. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26, 27 NIV) For five days God prepared the earth and world for us to be created.  He says on day six (the number of man) ( Elohim, the Godhead) let us make man in our own image, in our likeness and to have dominion over everything.  The Holy Spirit in the Godhead is the female part of God.  It is the one that nurtures us and comforts us.  We are not here to have the earth take care of us, we are here to take care of the earth.  We have been given a trust, by God, to be good stewards. We have been given dominion to rule over everything.  Should we save the gnats, mice, worms, frogs, etc........of course there should be thoughtful consideration and deliberate attention given to that, but, a greater consideration and attention should be given to the untold thousands of unborn babies that are not allowed to see the light of day nor the glory of The Creator in all of His creation. God created the earth for us.  God said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.” So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn’t find a suitable companion. God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man. The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh. The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame. (Genesis 2:18-25 MSG) The story of Eve and eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, with Adam willing participation; The serpent talked her into eating the fruit, by speaking with a forked tongue, speaking in a manner that would entice and intrigue Eve with the knowledge that he wanted her to know, leaving just a few details out! And, perhaps Adam didn't want to be alone! God said, "It's not good for the Man to be alone; I'll make him a helper, a companion." So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn't find a suitable companion. (Genesis 2:18-20 MSG) The actual transliteration for helper is counselor (helpmate)...So, that means, the woman in the relationship should be relied upon for good sound counsel. Now I know, some may say, my helper is not very much help and is actually a hindrance and quite annoying, with all the constant nagging!  But, perhaps if they were listened to more often, they might talk less, for the fact that someone is listening and even agreeing with what they are saying. Then they may not feel frustrated, because of feeling like they are not being heard and wouldn't feel like they have to nag! Men, at times, can be extremely stubborn and may feel like they don't need any counsel or help, nor or they even willing to ask for it...ie. looking at directions to put something together, or seeking help and asking for directions, looking at a map or another device, to arrive at a desired destination. When asking men, in pre-marital counseling, the question, what they were going to do after they were married, invariably, most of them would respond with,"I'm going to do what comes natural!"  I then would tell them, with that kind of attitude, approach and perception, they should expect "natural disasters" to follow! There are ten greek words for our personal development and spheres of love. Two hands coming together, each hand having five fingers. The number five is God's number for Grace. Five Greek words for personal development. Nepios-infant-little finger You can only hold so much with this finger.  you need a lot of more help Paidion-toddler-ring finger, you are learning to walk and become stronger Tecknon-adolescent/teen-middle, Huios-mature son or daughter-index/pointer Pater-mentor-father figure-thumb Five Greek words for love of a healthy relationship: Epithumea-strong desire-pinky finger when you are building a house this can be explained as the front door. Storge-comfortable, relaxed-index, this is characterized as the living room Eros-erotic, romantic-middle finger- bedroom Phileo-best friends, come together-ring finger-kitchen Agape--unconditional love-thumb- bathroom Marriage is not so much finding the right person as it is being the right person! COMPANION-The following acrostic illustrates some of the qualities and characteristics of a GREAT companion. CONSIDERATE- Shows proper Respect, recognizes Equality in the relationship and understands the significance of Unhindered Prayers.(1st Pet.3:7 NIV) OVERFLOW- There will be a continual Increase and Overflow of Love, like a fountain that never runs dry, but continues to produce a wonderful, satisfying, fulfilling and refreshing drink throughout all the days of our lives. (1st Thes.3:12 NLT) MERCIFUL- Chooses to show Mercy, rather than be judgmental, recognizing and being willing to accept the truth that, "kind Mercy wins over harsh judgment every time." (Ja.2:13 MSG) PROTECTS- Will not leave one open and exposed to harm, of any kind, will be a cover who will "always Protect, always Trusts, always Hopes, always Perseveres." (1st Cor. 13:7 NIV) AGREE- Learns to be APT, Agrees quickly, Praises lavishly, Thanks incessantly! This will help you to walk together, hand in hand, and in the same direction, which begs the question, "can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?"(Amos 3:3 NLT) The answer, of course, is NO! NEEDS- Will rely upon The Lord, no matter the situation or circumstance, to help provide for the needs of another. (Isa. 58:11 NIV) The Lord will be faithful to His Word and Promises! IMPORTANT- Accepting and recognizing what is most Important in life! Things, such as, food, clothing, shelter and possessions, although Important, are not nearly as Important as life itself. (Matt.6:25 NIV) OPPORTUNITY- Doesn't miss an Opportunity to serve and do good, for another. This includes not only outsiders, but everyone, especially those closest to us, our family and our companion. (Col.4:5-6, Gal. 6:10 NIV) NOBLE- Treats companion as they would treat Nobility! Honorable, Respectful, in a true, Noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy manner. (Phil.4:8 NIV) So, in order to be a GREAT COMPANION, we must choose and begin to "put into practice" what we have learned and been made aware of. Ignorance may be bliss, but once you become aware, if you don't put into practice what you've become aware of, then you've simply chosen to be stupid! Please don't be stupid! (Phil.4:9 NIV) "Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." (Philippians 4:8, 9 MSG) Blessings, Don & Regina