Your First Response to Betrayal


Are you struggling to forgive someone who has done you harm? Be open and honest with God about your feelings. He knows what you’re experiencing and He wants to set you free from it.

"For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, then I could bear it; nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, then I could hide myself from him. But it is you, a man my equal, my companion and my familiar friend; we who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng"—Psalm 55:12–14.

Imagine that you have a coworker, a dear friend with whom you've been working for many years. You've spent a lot of time together. You've had a lot of meals together, and you have worked hard together. Then you find out that your “friend” has schemed behind the scenes to get you eliminated from your job so he or she could take it. Think about the sense of betrayal you would feel. What would be your first reaction? Would it be to lash out to get even? What should be your first reaction?

Follow the example of David. When David experienced that same kind of betrayal from his personal aide, he poured out his heart to God. He shared his pain, and God empowered him to forgive.

Always know that Jesus can identify with your pain of betrayal. Remember that He poured His life into twelve men. Yet one of those men, named Judas, betrayed Him. When you are going through a time of betrayal, be open and honest with God about your feelings. He knows what you’re experiencing. Nothing is going to surprise Him! He wants to set us free from the bitterness and resentment and hatred that betrayal brings. Ask Him for His help today, especially if you are struggling to forgive.

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