Have you ever been in a position with one of your really great friends, and you’re just like “Did they really just do that?” or “Did they really just say that?”
Sometimes, people’s actions, words, feelings, etc. just shock us so hard and sometimes, it can really upset us. You think that this person was a close friend, someone you trusted so much, but then they go and hurt you. This leaves you so tempted to stay high-key salty with them or get revenge.
But just because it’s what you want to do, doesn’t mean it’s what you should do.
Let’s look at Peter. Peter was best friends with Jesus. He looked up to Jesus, loved Him, and trusted Him so much. He wanted to follow Him for the rest of his life. But Peter messed up, and he denied who Jesus was, aka his best friend. He straight up told people that he didn’t know who Jesus was.
Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” And immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he broke down and wept. – Mark 14:71-72
Ouch. How would you feel if your best friend denied knowing you in a public place? I would be pretty hurt. Jesus was hurt, but He still died for Peter. Just like how He died for us even after we sin so many times. Jesus is hurt that we sin, but Jesus KNOWS us, and He understands that we are humans. He understands that we aren’t perfect. We are going to mess up, and we are going to make mistakes.
So yes, when your friend betrays you, it’s hard not to want to yell at them. It’s hard not to want to slap them across the face and get upset at them. But treat them like Jesus treats us. Know that they aren’t perfect. They mess up just like you do. Love them when they mess up. Comfort them. Forgive them.