Betrayed With A Kiss
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
Matthew 26:49 (KJV)
Have you been betrayed by a friend, a loved one, co-worker, or boss? Such a betrayal is shocking and painful, but look at the company you keep: Jesus Himself. He was sold out with a kiss by Judas. So, what is the lesson to be learned from familiar enemies?
Should we refuse to love again, trust again, or hope again? God says, love 'bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:7-8). Even more, love 'does not take into account a wrong suffered' (v.5).
Humans make mistakes. Even the best of us. King David, 'a man after God's own heart,' ordered the husband of Bathsheba to be put in the line of fire so he could marry her. We all make mistakes. Some are big ones. Your loved ones will, too.
The take home lesson is to love God more. Never love any person more than God. When you love God first, friendly betrayals become bearable. Forgivable. You move on. You look up. God will repair your heart. It will be better than new. You will not stay in anguish or bitterness.
He will give you a new job, a better friend, a truer love.