I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.
So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Matthew 26:49-50 NLT
Jesus did not call Judas a traitor or back stabber. He was not fighting against people but against,
…evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 NLT
Jesus looked beyond Judas and identified the real enemy as Satan, and identified Judas as friend. Now whether or nor Judas was a good friend or not is one thing, but Jesus had to focus on His higher mission and not worry about lesser things, like who His real friends were. His faith was not in His friends. His faith was in His Father. He knew His Father had His back regardless if His friends did or not. Likewise we can be sure God has our back, and focus on our higher mission, without being distracted by petty and even not so petty grudges.
These devotionals are a good reminder of the practical application of the Gospel. Holding petty grudges seem to be a favorite sport of humans. Life is so much better when we can get along with each other.