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 to...build 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. 

By breaking the bottle, the woman with the


 alabaster jar was honoring Jesus by anointing 


Him with oil, with something that was valuable 


to her. It was the best she had to offer and she 


willingly poured it out as an act of worship.

Desperate Act of Forgiveness


WOMAN WITH ALABASTER BOX


Scripture: Luke 7:36-50


.

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.

 The more trusting the relationship, 


the more devastating the betrayal. 

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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