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.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. We’ll pick up next week with the series When Faith Meets Suffering, and yet, this blog goes along with what she’s going thru!
When we are betrayed by those we call loved ones, aka friends, it’s not so easy to “just get over it,” is it? See, 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 take a few of these verses and put ourselves in here. For the sake of time, we’re going to start with verse 3.
3”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.”
Now 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. 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:
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”
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. Let’s do the rewrite:
Bring ____ to the end of her/him self 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 rewrote that verse, my heart softened toward the one(s) that have betrayed me. When we take the time to do this, to read, meditate on, rewrite the scriptures according to our own stuff, and then speak them…all I can say is WOW! Try it; you have absolutely nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.
In His Word,