Friends kill friends

Killing Jesus

Yesterday I started the book “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard.  Reading this book has me noticing a trend- friends kill friends.

The book is detailing the shocking events that lead up to the crucifixion of Jesus.  It also goes into detail on other legendary figures of this time period, including Julius Caesar.

I love history books because people are people, and although times are much different now, people tend to remain the same.  Desires, actions, and motives repeat themselves throughout history.  Let me tell you about the trend I’m noticing…

In case you’re not familiar with the deaths of Caesar and Jesus, they were both plotted against by friends.  Caesar was plotted against and brutally assassinated by the senators that worked with him, and Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples.

While vividly describing the attack that leads to Caesar’s bloody death, the book reads “Caesar sees the faces of enemies, but even more faces are those of friends”.

This has me thinking- We all have to use wisdom when selecting and maintaining friendships.  The Bible clearly tells us that there is nothing new under the sun and what is being done now has already been done.  Unfortunately, tragic betrayals are still occurring today.

Here are 5 thoughts:

1. Jealously and fear will cause people to come against you, even if you treat them right.

2. People with power or successful lives are commonly plotted against.

3. If you have something that others want, it may cause them to attempt to hurt you.  Even though them hurting you will not give them what they want.

4. Those people that are always friendly, smiling in your face, kissing you may have secret motives.  Jesus and Caesar both were kissed by their betrayers right before their attacks.

5. Don’t be so conceited or naïve to think that you can’t be betrayed.  No one sees it coming.  We don’t know everything.

Please understand that I’m not saying that we shouldn’t trust anyone around us, I’m just saying to be alert.  A friend may not kill us, but maybe their motives aren’t pure.  Pray for wisdom and discernment so that you may be able to identify hidden motives.

Also, thank God for the few people in your circle who are truly there for you!  We all have those few, true, and faithful friends.

I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because to say it first is right!  Who wants to be second and wrong?!

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