Years ago, I was praying with a woman who had some issues with her father. You see, she considered her father to be her best friend, but there had been a betrayal. So she was betrayed by her dad/her friend at the same time. She didn't have a problem forgiving her dad, but she struggled to forgive the friend part of her dad who betrayed her. Her scars ran long and wide. As I was praying over her for The LORD to heal her, I had a vision.
It was an old, rugged, wood cross with flesh stuck to it and blood splattered all over it. A word was inscribed on the crossbeam.
Immediately, The Holy Spirit quickened Matthew 26:50 to me: "And Jesus said to him, 'Friend, why have you come?' Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him."
Do you know who this friend was that Jesus was talking to?
Judas. Judas Iscariot. The one who betrayed Him with a kiss.
Even though Judas betrayed Him, Jesus still called him "Friend".
The vision I had of the cross - The word inscribed on the crossbeam was "Friend".
No matter what we've done or haven't done.
No matter what we feel or don't feel.
No matter if we struggle with the Lordship of Jesus Christ or not.
No matter if we've turned our backs on Him as Peter did.
No matter if we have doubts like Thomas.
No matter if we curse His holy Name.
No matter if we do not love Him as we should.
He still calls us "Friend".
Only Love - True Love - can say such a thing. How blessed we are to experience His unrelenting, extravagant Love toward us!
P.S. In case you are wondering: The woman was able to forgive the friend side of her father and was glorious healed and set free.
May you have a wonderful celebration of The Resurrection!
Because of Him and Unto Him,