Two friends were traveling together, when a bear suddenly appeared. One of them climbed up a tree and remained there hidden. The other, seeing that he would be caught in another moment. Laid down on the ground and pretended to be dead. When the bear put its muzzle to him, and smelt him all over. He held his breath! For it is said that a bear will not touch a corpse. After he had gone away, the other man came down from the tree, and asked his friend what the bear whispered in his ear. It told me, he replied, “Not to travel in the future with friends, who do not stand by one in time of peril.” (source:Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics-“Genuine Friends Are Proven By Adversity”).
Jesus was having a conversation with Simon. “Saying that Satan not only wanted him, but would sift him as cultivated wheat. Harvested and processed to serve evil. But do not be concerned Simon, I have prayed that your faith will sustain you.” Simon replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison, or death if necessary.” “Not so Simon, you will deny knowing me more than once.” (Texts:Luke 22:31-34).
Now some time had past and Jesus had been arrested. Then brought him before the civil and religious authorities. Because they were trying to find away to kill him. (Texts:Matthew 26:57;59).
A woman approached Peter. “Hey!” “You were with Jesus of Galilee.” Peter replied for all to hear. “I do not know what you are talking about.” (Texts:Matthew 26:69-70).
Peter was approached again. This second woman said to all of them. “This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.” He replied, under oath, “I do not know know the man). (Texts:Matthew 26:71-72).
People observing all this finally approached him. “Peter, you must be one of them. Your speech betrays you. Peter angrily began to curse and to swear, saying, “I do not know the man!” Suddenly the cock crowed, and Peter remembered what Jesus warned him about. Before the cock crows, you will betray me. Peter departed and wept bitterly. (Texts:Matthew 26:73-75).
As can be expected, when in need there is Jesus. Who said, “When you repent, strengthen your brethren.” (Text:Luke 22:32). It worked for Peter, and it works for you and me. Merciful Jesus at work then and now. Saying, “He that is without sin among you, let them cast the first stone at her.” Jesus looked around saw none but the woman. “Where are your accusers. Have none condemned you?” She said, “No man, Lord.” Jesus replied unto her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more! (Texts:John 8:7;10-11).
And so, it seems to be true, genuine friends are proven by adversity and mercy.
The Lord bless you and keep you. (Text:Numbers 6:24).