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Who are your friends? Friends are a big deal. The real ones are a great blessing. The phony ones, well, they’re trouble.

The difference good friends make is invaluable. They’re with you through thick and thin, the good times, and the not so good times. They don’t leave you behind when wounded on the battlefield of life. Someone said that a true friend is someone who comes into your life when everyone else walks out.

As much as we all appreciate and long for great friends, the truth is, they’re hard to come by, and even the best ones aren’t perfect. Well-meaning friends can let you down, drop you in a moment of need, and forget you during your life storms. Why? Because people are human! Humanity is plagued by sin, weakness, and self-centeredness. Most, if not all of us, have been disappointed by someone we thought we could count on. And it’s highly likely that we’ve let others down along the way.

Jesus reminded us of the fact that people are fickle. Look at what He said about naïve trust in people in John 2:23-25 (TPT) “While Jesus was at the Passover Feast, the number of his followers began to grow, and many gave their allegiance to him because of the miraculous signs they had seen him doing! But Jesus did not yet entrust himself to them, because he knew how fickle human hearts can be. He didn’t need anyone to tell him about human nature, for he fully understood what man was capable of doing.” And in John 2:23-25 (TLB) “Because of the miracles he did in Jerusalem … many people were convinced that he was indeed the Messiah. But Jesus didn’t trust them, for he knew mankind to the core. No one needed to tell him how changeable human nature is!”

What’s the point? Is Jesus telling us never to trust anyone? Certainly not. He’s reminding us that people are going to let you down at times. If and when they do, don’t be discouraged. It’s part of living in a broken world.

Pastor Dale