Persevering Through Betrayal (by my brother Tony Griffin)

Posted: August 6, 2014 in Articles, Religion
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Persevering Through Betrayal

But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath;
For He remembered that they were but flesh, breath that passes away and does not come again. Psalm 78:38-39

If there is anyone who understands the pain of betrayal from loved ones, it is God. God has been betrayed by man numerous times…to many too count…yet he continues to forgive and love us over and over.

We have all been betrayed and hurt by loved ones at one time or another. We give our hearts to them and they hurt us. We bend over backwards for them, they aren’t satisfied. It seems like the more love we give to them, the more they turn away. Maybe you are in a marriage of hurt due to betrayal. You gave your heart to your spouse but they ended up giving their hearts to other things (idolatry) or people. Maybe you are in a friendship and somewhere along the way you were hurt by this person whom you gave your heart to. Maybe you have a sibling that you just can’t seem to get along with no matter how hard you try because they find everything wrong with you although you haven’t done any harm to them. Maybe you have realized the hurt and damage you have caused someone and no matter what you do, the other person is unable to forgive you. It doesn’t matter what the relationship is, a marriage, a friendship or family, betrayal of love and trust can happen, causing deep and painful wounds in our hearts. How, then, do we get over these deep wounds?

Jesus himself understands betrayal of friends. He loved his friends, prayed for them, taught them, provided for them yet when the enemy went to work, they betrayed him. In reality, the people that we are, we would have not forgiven them but would have written them off as our friends. But Christ looked past the surface and into the spiritual, knowing they were human and that the enemy had touched their hearts. Even though he knew what was going to happen, he stayed with them, loving them and already forgiving them for what they were about to do. Christ walked with both feet in the spirit, not one dangling in the world and one in the spirit. He knew the truth…that man can make mistakes based on emotion and temptations due to the well orchestrated plans of the enemy. He loved them so much and didn’t want them hurting that he appeared to them several times telling them to go out into the world and preach the good news. He still considered them friends and used them to do his work. Jesus even restores Peter three times for the three times that he denied him (John 21:15-19).

Jesus forgave many people throughout the Gospels as did God in the Old Testament. He forgave over and over, never holding back His love to those who came to him or came back to him. He continues to do this now with you and me. This is how we must be with each other. Only God can restore our painful hearts back to new and each time we are hurt through words, actions or betrayal, we must take our pain to Christ and ask him to heal our hearts so we can continue on with our relationships in love.

Heavenly Father, Grant me discernment to know when the enemy is causing division between myself and others and encourage me to pray against his plan of attack. Father, I declare, in the name of Jesus, that my chains to unforgiveness, lack of trust and pain are broken. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Tony Griffin

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Comments
  1. lisalaree says:

    Thanks, Ron. I needed that if no one else did. 🙂

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