Have you ever been betrayed? Has someone you trusted, believed in, loved, just turn around and behave in a way totally opposite of anything you had ever expected? Stab you in the back? Say things to others about you that were untrue? Lied? Showed their true colors and show no remorse?
I've had that happen. Have you?
How did you react?
I went to my bed and cried. I talked to my husband, who was ready and willing to jump in and fix things. I mourned the loss of a friendship, and grew a little thicker skin. How about you?
Do we turn the other cheek? Do we pray for the individual, not just to heap coals of fire upon their heads (Romans 12:20), but to turn their soul back from hell? (James 5:19-20)
Do we think of Jesus? Do we remember how Jesus with his 12 closest friends, who traveled for 3 years together must have felt over the betrayal by Judas? Do we remember how Jesus reacted during the garden scene, His trial, and His crucifixion? Can we see the love in His eyes towards His friend, who became His betrayer?
Did you forgive your betrayer?
I've had a comment that perhaps Jesus did not forgive Judas, and I will have to do some more study on this before I can comment any further. The point I was trying to make is that we need to have a forgiving attitude towards someone even if they betray us. Perhaps we don't have to forgive them unless they ask us, I'm not sure.
However, I know if we keep anger, disappointment and that betrayal close in our hearts & minds, then we will suffer. Sometimes that person who betrayed us doesn't even care and isn't suffering at all.