Just Friends

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
at the house of God,
as we walked about
among the worshipers. Psalm 55:12-14

In this passage David is lamenting the fact that Ahithophel, once the King’s counselor, was the person who had betrayed him (2 Samuel 15:31).

Imagine having a close friend, someone you trusted deeply, sabotage you and your ministry in some way. It’s not really hard to imagine, is it? Unfortunately, everyone reading this has had this happen to us at some point in our lives, and quite possibly many times. We’ve felt the dagger of betrayal and the hurt, and the distrust you have for that person.

It’s easy to say we’ll never trust again, but we can’t live like that. We need friends. We need people we can just talk to, just to, well, be friends. I picked up this quote somewhere:

The primary function of a great friend is that there is no function.

No hidden agendas. No concrete goals.

And yes, that person might someday betray you in some way, perhaps like you might have done to others. While we think about what others have done to us, we are very quick to forget what we’ve done to others.

Pick up the phone today and call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. You’ll be glad you did.

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