If anyone knows what it feels like to be betrayed, it’s Jesus. Judas followed Him around everywhere and held a position of responsibility among His disciples. Judas interacted with Him, and Judas was with Him for the better part of three years. What’s amazing is that the fully human and fully divine Jesus knew who His betrayer was and continued to treat him with the love that makes God God.
Unfortunately, some of us have been betrayed by those who were relationally close as well. It hurts, and the experience can cause us to protect ourselves so much from being hurt again that we are wary of any other close relationship that begins to develop. God gives us spiritual coping tools in His word that I’d like to share with you so you can move forward from the disruptions that betrayal brings to your life.
Scripture: Psalm 25:1-3
To You, o Lord, I lift my soul. O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
No wonder God called David a man after His own heart! David knew that even when others he trusted let him down, God was always there for him. Humanly, David felt a little afraid, and he asked God not to let him be “ashamed”, or let down or disappointed.
Knowing how God thinks, David asked God to render His kind of justice: to let the betrayer be ashamed instead. Many times in the anger and hurt of betrayal, David asked God to administer that kind of justice: when faced with assassination, David asked God to make widows of the wives of those responsible. David also realized something else that frees you from further pain: to release the wrongdoers into God’s hands for justice in His timing. He knew what a fearful thing it can be to fall into the hands of the living God!
Things to Pray, Think and Journal About
1. Have you asked God to help you sort out the collapsed structure of your relationships and help you feel secure once again?
2. Do you know that forgiving the one who betrayed you does not require you to trust him or her again?
3. Do you know that forgiving is about you breaking free and not about removing the consequences of the wrongdoer’s actions?
Pastor G and I pray that you can break free from the pain and damage betrayal has caused in your life and that you can move on knowing that the God of judgment and justice will avenge you according to His timing and purpose for the situation. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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