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The Truth Is

The Truth Is

06 March 2011

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 5-6; Psalm 43; Mark 14

Scripture:

29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.” 30 Jesus replied, “The truth is, Peter, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” 31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same. (Mark 14:29-31 NLT)

When we think of how Jesus’ disciples deserted him in his hour of crisis, Peter is the one who gets criticized for his boastful assurance of loyalty. The truth is, all the others said the same thing! And all of them deserted Jesus as Peter did. The truth is, Jesus knew that these guys, his closest friends, would variously betray him (Judas) , deny him (Peter), or desert him (Everyone) in his darkest hour.

And yet he loved them. He called them his friends.

I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn’t confide in his servants. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. (John 15:15 NLT)

The truth is, there is risk in loving others! There is risk in opening your heart and your life to others in friendship. Jesus took the risk of friendship and experienced betrayal, denial, and desertion by his friends. Yet, knowing in advance the risk he was taking, he loved them and let them in. And continued to love them!

The truth is, we must take the risk and let others in! The occasional pain caused by a failed friend is far outweighed by the warmth and richness friendship brings into your life. I know it doesn’t seem like it at the time, but when the pain comes, when betrayal, denial, or desertion comes, get through it and get on with life. Don’t stop loving and trusting. And don’t stop opening your heart and life to friends.

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for my friends. Thanks for my friends now and my friends through the years who have moved on and moved out of my life. I feel like I should thank you for the pain I’ve experienced when friends have hurt me or let me down, but I can at least say that the benefits of friendships have been worth the pain. And I suspect that some of my friends are better friends to me than I am to them. Thanks. Amen.

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