Betrayal can break our hearts and shatter our sense of what is real and true.
Have you ever noticed how The Old Testament and the New Testament present us time after time with family conflict and betrayal? Take for example the Old Testament story of Jacob’s son, Joseph and the betrayal by his 11 brothers. Joseph’s brothers hated him and were jealous because he was his father’s favored son; the brothers plotted to kill Joseph, and instead threw him in a well to die. Joseph never fought his brothers but remained docile and faithful to God even in the face of the betrayal. His trust and docility to God brought about the benefit of enjoying a higher standard of life because he lived out his covenant with God with complete trust, enabling him the humility and courage to restore a lifelong friendship with his brothers, rather than fall to the human desire to exact revenge on them and allow them to die from famine.
This scripture passage from Genesis mirrors the N.T.’s story of the betrayal of Jesus by the Pharisees; jealous of the attention that Jesus is receiving they plot to kill Jesus. They conspire with one of his own disciples to help sell Jesus to the Jews for a few pieces of silver, where he eventually is sentenced to death. Jesus submitted to their hatred and remained docile to God. He never took revenge against the Pharisees although like Joseph, had the power to do so. He forgave all of them, even with His last breath, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Joseph and his brothers life together ended happily by means of their reconciliation with one another.
Betrayal can break our hearts and shatter our sense of what is real and true. Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you? The sting of deception can potentially take away a piece of ourselves and harden our hearts; we become less vulnerable, less loving and less compassionate as we question how someone could be that cold. It is hard to forgive those who have betrayed us. We may hold out hope that the person who betrayed us will apologize.
Whether we are the betrayed or the betrayer, we can never guarantee that there will be time for a remedy. We must call on God to give us the courage to be vulnerable and to take the step to bring about a resolution.
“Go first and be reconciled with your bother and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23
Hurry! Don’t wait and live with regret!
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