Sometimes no matter what you do, it seems the whole world is against you. Children, especially middle schoolers, feel this very acutely. Jesus knew the pain of false friends. And yet, He was able to love people, even the false ones, enough to ransom His life for them.
One more thing: Jesus warns James and John that they can not be His false friends and still gain the rewards of Heaven. Remind your kids today, especially if they are struggling with earthly relationships, that the only relationship that really matters is the one with God. When they feel overwhelmed and need someone to throw them a rope, teach them the psalm, "Save me, O Lord, in your kindness."
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes it all seems too much and the world fights against me. Be with me in those moments. Give me calm and peace. Help me to keep my perspective and focus on seeing You in your heavenly kingdom. In your name I pray, Amen.