Betrayal is one of life's hardest blows.


Betrayal is the vindictive violation of trust.

Betrayal is an act of double crossing an ally, 


a family member, a friend, or an associate.


The sting of betrayal can be dreadfully agonizing 


and become so embedded in our subconscious mind...


that the betrayal may become too difficult to extract.



Betrayal is therefore pain... 


and also a profound education.


Sometimes betrayals can be a


 blessing in disguise.


It can be that rude awakening 


that we so desperately needed.



Maybe that’s the mind-boggling thing 


about betrayal, right?

There can be no deeper hurt and insult 


than when one is betrayed and wounded 


by the very ones who profess to be


 a true, tried and trusted sister, brother or friend.

It is hard enough when one is attacked 


and conspired against by the enemy and the world, 


but when the fiery arrows come from those whom we love


and have bared our soul to... 


the hurt becomes magnified.

Jesus knew what betrayal felt like.

Judas Iscariot, was, according to the New Testament,


one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus.


Judas was with Jesus all the time. 


He witnessed all the mighty works that Jesus did,


and heard all that Jesus said in private as well as in public.



He was given the job of treasury,


but he was secretly a thief.


Jesus put Judas in charge of the very thing 


that would give either wings to his hearts corruption 


or for his repentance, money.



It was Judas who showed what was in his heart 


when he complained about the oil poured over Jesus 


preparing him for His burial. 



Judas Iscariot is best known for his role in


betraying Jesus into the hands of the chief priests


 for thirty pieces of silver.



Jesus was betrayed into the hands of His enemies 


by Judas and deserted by all the rest.

Jesus knew, exactly, 

what betrayal felt like.

As Jesus stood before Pilate,

the very people He had helped, 

healed, fed and encouraged cried...

The very ones He blessed became 


His enemies.

When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned,


he felt remorse,


 and took the thirty pieces of silver back


 to the chief priests and elders, saying, 


"I have sinned in that 


I betrayed innocent blood."

He threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary.

He went away and hanged himself.

A fraudulent intent,


however carefully concealed at the outset,


will generally, in the end, betray itself.


Titus Liviuis

Someone who betrays others is commonly called a


traitor or betrayer.

When we trust,


we tend to think that our trust in another


defines all of their future actions.

Trust is the most vulnerable 


state of being.


When we give it away...


all our weaknesses are exposed


to those who it has been given.

We are not obligated to trust those that we love.

And we are not obligated to trust someone...

just because other people do.

We must trust our own gut feelings. 

Trust our ability to see

what is happening without denial.

We must tune in to our own intuitions... 


turning within to see what is true and false


 in any dynamic.


If we put our trust in another


because they said all the right things,


and seemed to do all the right things...


we may be headed... 


for a rude awakening.

Jesus knows what it feels like


 to be betrayed.


He knows the feeling of support falling away.


He is all too acquainted with having the very


ones who should stand up for Him to shrink


back and turn against Him.



What a comfort to know that Jesus knows


exactly how it feels. Not only is He touched


by our feelings of betrayal, but...


"He is that Friend


who sticks closer than a brother."


Proverbs 18:24

When we put our trust in God...


we will never be betrayed.



God is worthy to be praised,



 honored, and trusted... 100%.



TRUST GOD...  



AND GOD ALONE.


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