In this life we must learn to be very wise and discerning about who we choose to call our friends. Everyone who claims to be our friend does not necessarily have our best interest at heart. There are those who seem to be our friend and confidant, but they are “Judas” in disguise. Their character is shady, and they have the gift of gab which they use to deceive and make you seem as a fool.
The psalmist speaks to the Savior knowing that one of His twelve apostles would betray Him. That disciple as we know from the narrative was Judas. The psalmist records in Psalm 41:9, “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” I can personally relate this type of “friend” to the experiences that I had when I was an active participant in the drug culture. The people who I thought were my friends – people who did drugs with me – ended up being nothing more than “Judas” in disguise. Once they got what they wanted, they betrayed me.
I now use extreme caution and wisdom in deciding who I can trust, and who I call my friend. I have also learned that even some people who refer to themselves as “Christians” can be deceiving. They profess one thing, but their own actions towards others, if they are not careful, can oftentimes betray the very things which they claim to profess.
So until we meet again my friends, I counsel you to use wisdom and discernment in deciding who you call your friends.
Karlyn Kay Stebbins
February 14, 2015
Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:
Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.
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When we take another for granted, we are in essence saying to that person that they don’t matter – they are of little or no significance – they mean absolutely nothing to us. The message that we convey to that person is that he or she is merely someone who we use as our proverbial door mat to wipe our feet on or step stool to get to the heights that we wish to reach. Those whom we take for granted are reduced to becoming things that we use, and not people that we should love. More times than not, as long as the person that we take for granted continuously fulfills our wants and our desires, they are found within our good graces. However, the moment that he or she decides that they are no longer going to allow others to use them, the tables turn 360 degrees, and often fault is found with, and blame is placed upon that person, when the fault and the blame was ours all along.
~ Keith Lionel Brown