For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company (Ps 55:12-14)~~ No wickedness so distresses us, as that which is from those who are closest to us; those who profess the loyalties of relationship with us. But we must expect trials from those with whom we have been united; and this will be very painful; but by looking unto Jesus we shall be enabled to bear it. Christ was betrayed by Judas, a close companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel (against King David – II Samuel 15:31–37; 16:20–17:23) in his crimes and doom. The thing to remember from this friend, is that in the cases of Judas and Ahithophel – rather than being met with wrathful retaliation, both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. Let this be your conscience and comfort, that as much as even your closest loved ones and friends may hurt you; as much as you would seek a greater vengeance than against your worst enemy; this is an exaltation privy only to the Lord and His justice IS justice. Your wrath cannot bring about God’s righteousness; your act of sin, though seemingly justified only gratifies your fleshly anger. Your prayer and trust in God though, calls on that fruit of the spirit: self control, and yields to Him the respect to His glory! It’s not your battle – it’s the Lord’s!