The bitterest pill to swallow in human interaction is betrayal. It is disguised poison. It is the harbinger of slow but painful death.
The body formed from the dust of the earth was designed to endure hardship and heal by natural process. The inward man is so fragile it can hardly stand treachery.
Betrayal is treachery at the highest level of relationship. Yes, treachery is what God calls unfaithfulness between a man and the wife of his youth in Malachi chapter two. “Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant” (Mal 2:14).
Faithfulness births good reward. It is the foundation for fruitfulness that endures forever. It is the anchor for trust.
Betrayal from a trusted friend, colleague or family member cuts deep. The pain does not go away easily. Jesus was prepared for the pain of rough nails being driven into his hands and feet, but the pain of betrayal was too much to fathom.
“Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor” was one of the chosen twelve Disciples of the Lord. He betrayed Jesus at the hour of His greatest need. It was very painful. That is why Jesus said: “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born” (Mt 26:24).
Betrayal is a wound that vexes the soul. Actually, it cuts the heart as with a sharp sword.
Marital unfaithfulness is a tragedy. It is better not to marry than hurt your partner’s inward man with unfaithfulness. The damage lasts a lifetime. Don’t think of going there. It brings destiny truncation and termination.
If it has happened to you do not brush it aside as if it was nothing and be groaning within. It won’t go away. Deal with it. We are called into the ministry of reconciliation. You must forgive. You must forget. You must rebuild. Forgiveness is for the benefit of the offended rather than the offender.
If you have ever been betrayed and humiliated by a trusted person in your life receive grace to forgive and forget in the precious name of He who said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”