There are generally two kinds of people in the world...destroyers and builders. 
Destroyers criticize, vilify, slander, belittle, and discredit the works and lives of others while offering nothing better. Builders add upon...
and improve the quality of life for others.

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%.



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