being betrayed by someone you trusted and considered a friend is very hurtful. If you have ever experienced betrayal, you know how hurtful it could be. Perhaps someone was bad mouthing you behind your back without giving you a chance to defend yourself, or maybe they shared your deepest darkest secret. It doesn't matter how you have been betrayed it is very painful thing to go through.
In the bible there are many men who have been betrayed by someone close to them. Of course Judas is the one that comes to mind first. We all know that Jesus chose Judas after praying all night long. They spent everyday together for 3 years, talking and eating together, praying and even laughing together. Can you imagine how broken hearted Jesus must of felt? Judas knew Jesus, knew what His mission was, and yet betrayed Him for just a few coins. Maybe you know someone who is going through this now, or maybe even you are experiencing being betrayed. I want you to know this right now, Jesus knows what you are going through, He knows your pain. He has compassion for you that only someone who has been through the same thing can have.
Jesus knows this pain, He was to be betrayed by the 12 that were closest to Him. But, even through this pain Jesus responded by washing the disciples feet, even though He knew He would be betrayed. He gave them supper, even though He knew He would be betrayed. When Jesus gave that piece of bread to Judas, He not only revealed who Judas was, but also revealed who He was. He is the One who feeds His enemies, and goes on loving them to the very end.
When we are betrayed Jesus says we must respond with love. Not anger for anger, don't plot your revenge. Jesus tells us in Mathew 5:43-48, You have heard that the law of Moses says, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But, I say love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you. In that way you will be acting as true children of your Father in Heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the on unjust too.If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even the tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, How are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.
Being perfect like our Father in Heaven is showing the one who betrayed you the Love of Christ. Turn your shock and anger into love and compassion. When we are betrayed, we must not also betray ourselves by giving into anger, revenge, hate, or despair that can be produced in our hearts. Take that pain to Jesus Christ, who already knows the excruciating pain of betrayal.
I will leave you today with this word from Romans 12:21, Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good. Amen ......