Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, March 28th, 2021
The Kiss Of Betrayal
Judas walked right up to Jesus and said, 'Hello, Teacher.' Then Judas kissed Him.
Matthew 26:49 (CEV)
If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
at the house of God...
Psalm 55:12-14 (NIV)
Have you been betrayed by someone you love?* By your own family or a close friend? Intimate betrayals are heart-breakers.

Many Bible heroes know how you felt:

* Jesus was betrayed by His disciples. He was sold out, denied and abandoned.

* David was betrayed by the king he served. Later, his dearest son betrayed him, too.

* Young Joseph was sold to the Egyptians by his older brothers, who were jealous.

* Samson was betrayed to the Philistines by the dazzling, but deadly, Delilah.

So when we're hurt by the people we love, should we refuse to love or trust 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 'Keeps no record of wrongs' (v.5). Why?

Because God still loves us, no matter what.
Because people still make mistakes. (Us, too.)
Because without love, we can't be Christians.
Because without love, life's not worth living.

King David, 'A man after God's Own Heart,' allowed Bathsheba's husband to be killed, because he had fallen in love with her. We all make mistakes, and some are big ones. Your loved ones will make some big mistakes, too.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: What lessons can you learn from betrayal?

1) Don't love anyone more than you love God. When you keep Him as your #1 Love, others may hit your heart, but you'll recover.

2) The Lord specializes in broken hearts. He'll mend your heart, or even transplant it. You'll be stronger and better than before.

3) Forgiveness is key to recovery. God forgives you when you forgive others. You'll survive, thrive- and live to love again.

## The Kiss Of Betrayal

* This devotion excludes betrayal by a non-loved one, such as a boss or con man. We're still called to forgive, but we need to move on to new work new places and new adventures. Don't hide out or become timid. Instead, pray for wisdom and seek good counsel on big decisions or important relationships. Also, don't seek revenge. Don't curse. Trust God for perfect justice. He will surely provide it.

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Kiss Of Betrayal series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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