Practical Living through Biblical Principles

When Your Friend is Your Enemy

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By Pastor Brenda Gray

Matthew 26:50  Friend, do what you came for.


There’s no pain like betrayal. And none of us is exempt. Psalms 41:9 says Even my close friend, someone I trusted, who shared my bread has turned against me.


The truth is, God allows certain people into our lives to facilitate His purposes. Even ones like Judas whom Jesus called friend, and said: “Do what you came for”. Before Jesus was betrayed, He told the disciples, “I know whom I have chosen…that the scripture may be fulfilled, “he who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me” (John 13:18). He could have fulfilled His destiny without John the beloved disciple, or impetuous Peter who was always ready to defend him, but it was Judas’s kiss of betrayal that ushered Jesus into His destiny.


You can’t always avoid getting hurt, but God can give you the grace to re-evaluate the situation and realize that the person you thought was your enemy may have been a friend in disguise. God will never permit His plans for us to be sabotaged by somebody elses action. When you are under His shield of protection, He’ll allow your Judas to go so far and no further.


As a child of God His purposes govern how much damage others can do to you. Once you understand that, it lessens the fear that stems from getting involved again when you have been burned. Psalms 119:71 says, “It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn your decrees.


God loves to turn our negatives into positives. And while none of us enjoys suffering, it takes us to levels of understanding that, left to our own devices, we’d never reach.



Prayer Starter: Father in the name of Jesus help me to understand the Judas in my life. Even though there is chaos all around me please keep me on the path that you have designed for me…



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