The memory of the double betrayal was fading into the past, and freedom began to peek out through the clouds of despair and depression that had been chasing her for so long.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. Today’s word is so relevant for every single day of our lives. Why, because of the human condition!
Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? Yeah, I feel you; it’s no fun, and yet, the sooner we realize that all relationships are meant to grow us more into the image of Christ, the sooner others’ betrayals will have less power over our emotions. Don’t get me wrong; unless your emotional dashboard is in the “off” position, it will always be an uncomfortable and even painful occurrence, but those feelings of emotions and betrayal don’t have to drive our cars and cause emotional wrecks in others’ lives!
Think back to when someone you cared about betrayed you. Do you have that in mind? Let’s go to Psalms 28: 3-4 and let’s put ourselves and our betrayer(s) in here.
”Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity who speak peace to their neighbors but evil is in their hearts.”3
Now this Psalm is written by David over 2000 years ago but wow! Can’t you just feel the relevance in your own soul? We all have seen duplicity, people who say one thing and do another, people who speak kindly to our face but horribly when we turn and look the other way, or people who are so envious of others that they will stop at nothing to try and take what you have. Did you know God had you in mind when every single scripture was placed in His Word? Yep, put yourself in the scriptures and you will see what I mean. You want a more Christ-like perspective? Invite Him in by putting yourself in the word and then speaking it aloud.
Here’s an example of a rewrite of this verse:
Do not let me be like those who hurt me with their unkind words and actions, whose hearts are filled with ugly things.
Now let’s go to verse 4:
”Give them according to their deeds and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands. Render to them what they deserve”4
Now notice David is telling God what to do here, which you may think is a bit arrogant, but if we look at the spiritual principle here, he is allowing God to fight his battles. Friend, let me assure you that God’s vengeance will always be better than anything you or I could scheme up to pay back for the wrongs done to us…and He won’t get in trouble 😊
Let’s do the rewrite:
Bring ____ to the end of her/himself that he/she would completely surrender, acknowledging that what they’ve done is not of you and if it is not in their heart to surrender unto you, the Just One, Abba, then give to them what they deserve for when one hurts one of Yours, they hurt You.
Now I don’t know about you, but as I rewrite that verse, my heart begins to soften toward the one(s) that have betrayed me and the need for revenge fades away, colliding with the betrayal. The collision produces embers of beauty and the pain of it all can no longer carry me away to a dark place.
Friend, can I encourage you to take the time to do this, to not only read and meditate on scriptures, but put your stuff right smack in the Scriptures, and then speak them…and soon you will be free from the entangled mess of betrayal and acting betrayed.
In His Word,