Guest Writer: Angie Blevins
Betrayal cuts deep. Being betrayed by someone you cared for and trusted hurts badly and is a traumatizing experience.
It is even worse being betrayed by a fellow “Christian”. People are and can be very deceiving; they can act like they care about you when really, they have selfish intentions.
I was reading an article titled When “Christians” Betray You by Stacie Ruth, and she said it perfectly:
They flaunt faith through outward acts and Bible facts. They talk all about what they do for Jesus rather than what Jesus did for them. They think they know Jesus, but their actions totally deny Him.
A couple of years ago, I was betrayed by “Christian” friends for whom I had much trust and respect. It would have never crossed my mind that they would stab me in the back one day. They said very hurtful things to me that I honestly will never forget. Their betrayal left a permanent scar and I will always remember the pain it caused.
We serve a God who completely understands the pain of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed by one of his own disciples, Judas (Mark 14:10-11). The other disciples deserted Jesus when He was arrested (Matthew 26:56), and Peter denied that he even knew Jesus when he was being questioned (Matthew 26:69-75). So if you think no one understands, know that our Lord God knows exactly how you feel.
Well, a year after the ‘ultimate betrayal’ I still felt bitter and continued replaying the incident over and over again in my head as I longed for an apology I never received. I thought an apology would make me feel better, but what I hadn’t realized was I let it consume me – causing more damage because I refused to let go. I was so angry and completely filled with unforgiveness; I didn’t want to forgive them after what they did. Honestly, I wanted them to hurt as badly as I did. But carrying around a bitter heart, grudges, and unforgiveness is a guaranteed ticket to have a defeated and miserable life; it not only destroys us, but it opens a door for Satan to control us.
Why must we forgive?
Jesus commanded us to forgive. If we don’t forgive, neither will we be forgiven (Matthew 6:15).
We need to realize that regardless if a person is Christian or not, we are all human and are far from perfect; we are all sinners, we all make mistakes and we all at one time or another say and do the wrong thing. We all need forgiveness, and we all need Jesus.
“God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.” (Romans 5:8, AMP)
“If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you.But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” (Matthew 6:14-15, GNT)
“Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” (Romans 12:19, MSG)
Jesus’ life is the ultimate example of forgiveness. Jesus set an example for us. He taught to forgive one another and how to live a life pleasing to God. Forgiveness brings freedom.
Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, said, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”
Angie Blevins is a young woman who loves the Lord with all her heart and has a huge passion for encouraging and helping others. She enjoys writing; you can visit her encouragement blog, and sign up for her weekly encouragement newsletter here. You can also find Angie on Twitter. On behalf of Proverbs & Wisdom, we thank Angie for sharing her message of forgiveness with us all.
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