Just before Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you came for". (Matthew 26:50)
Translated correctly, however, that word "friend" (hetairos) actually suggests a person who POSES as a friend, but is really only interested in benefiting him/herself.
So, what Jesus REALLY called Judas was, "Impostor".
In this modern day of deception where "friends" abound behind cold screens on social media platforms, it would do each of us very well to take this Biblical account into consideration.
Jesus knew who His true friends were, and so should we.
Who ARE your true friends? Are you foolishly calling impostors 'friends', thereby deceiving (and disappointing) yourself? How careful are you about sharing the details of your heart and life with people who haven't even earned the right to see inside? Do you tell EVERYONE everything you do...think...feel...know, in an attempt to collect more "likes", "comments" or "emojis" from all your "friends"?
I challenge you to think hard about these things and pray about them. It's time to understand that social media is a lie and that many referred to as "friends" are not friends at all. At best, they're acquaintances, but not friends.
There's a lot of depression and despair out there, and it's because people with "hundreds" of "friends" really have none at all. We need to get back to true friendship where people get out from behind their smudgy screens and look into one another's eyes.
Lord, bring us back to true friendship. Heal the wounded who have been deceived. Set free those who are bound in chains of deception and show them what true relationship really means.
You are our Lord and our Father, our greatest and truest Friend. Show us how to authentically love one another.
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