(May 1, 2015)
The Savior, knowing full well that Judas was betraying Him, still greeted him with the appellation “friend.” How far short I fall in this regard – when those who hurt me (some intentionally, others not) approach, I certainly don’t feel to call them friends. I want to defend myself from them, to often escape them. But not to call them friends, and sit and wait while I am betrayed by them.
But if I want to walk the path that He has set out for me, can I respond any other way? Isn’t the right course for me to allow the betrayal, to accept the pain, and to do whatever I can to (at the very moment of betrayal) see and call these people ‘friend?’