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Valley of Betrayal
by Michaelle Bragassa-Holman
8/23/2013 / Christian Living
Many times in our Christian walk, we are often blindsided by Satan. More than likely everyone reading this article can relate to the pain and despair of betrayal at the very hands of the one's we love and cherish. In many instances, we have given our hearts completely to them, only to be left shattered and abused. No matter what we do or say, it doesn't satisfy them. Betrayal isn't limited to husbands and wives, it reaches out into all aspects of life. Brothers and Sisters, mothers and daughters, fathers and their children, and even in friendships and church congregations. It really doesn't matter what the relationship is, betrayal of love and trust happens, resulting in serious wounds that often times destroys the very foundation of our lives. The valley of betrayal is a desolate lonely place, and many times climbing to the top of the mountain seems impossible.
Betrayal wounds us because we don't expect it to happen. Babies born into this world expect intimacy and safety, yet many children are subjected to a cold and desolate world. Marriages are defiled and destroyed when trust is shattered by one or both of the parties. In many instances good people do terrible things. Why? Well you must first realize that betrayal is rooted in sin. Sin is routed in Satan. A person does not become a betrayer in one single day, instead they reach that place by living a life of daily compromise. While their original goal may not have been to destroy trust, they disregarded their moral, religious, and ethical behaviors, which leads to the ultimate act of betrayal.
Each and every situation is different, because as human beings we all digest the events of life in our own unique way. However, it is vital that we realize there is someone who understands the pain and destruction of betrayal, and that is God himself. God has suffered the betrayal of man, since their creation. Isn't it ironic, that our God who gave all, receives so little from each and every one of us, yet he continues to forgive us over and over again! Why, because he loves us completely. He loves us with an 'agape' love which is beyond our comprehension. During the trials and tribulations of betrayal we often don't realize that implanted in each situation of our lives, God has a purpose that he is patiently awaiting for us to discover.
I know that without the hope of this discovery, the devastation of betrayal can stop you in your tracks. Without truly comprehending all the facets of what is happening in your life, it is easier to stop living and engaging in your life as God intended. We as Christians must realize that God is never caught off guard, he is never stunned by acts of betrayal. He knows each and every step we will take in this life, including the trials and tribulations we must face. He is our hedge of protection, that when utilized keeps us from derailing our Christian walk for him. It is up to each and every one of us to reach out to God, so that the effects of betrayal doesn't rule and reign at the forefront of our lives.
No matter the situation, there are only two groups who are affected by betrayal, the betrayer and the betrayed. It is imperative that the betrayer realizes that the sin of betrayal will lead you down a path of destruction. There is only one way to find your way back to the right path and that entails both confession and true repentance. How? The betrayer must confess to both God and the betrayed that he or she has done something that is sinful and then ask for repentance from both. It is the only way to turn around and go in the right direction again. Our God is a gracious loving father, and the moment you truly confess your sins to him, you were re-routed. However, that doesn't mean that the road ahead is going to be easy. The wounds inflicted on the betrayed often take more than "I'm sorry" to forgive. In fact, because we are only mortals, it is imperative that the betrayer learns to lean on God and listen to his words, instead of the words of the wronged.
The betrayed must learn not to blame God for what has happened in their lives. Instead they must focus on forgiveness. The spirit of vengeance is a powerful resource utilized by Satan. If you're not careful you can actually be lured into the same dark place your betrayer has been. Satan plays on our emotions, he seeks to engulf you with hatred and anger, desiring only revenge against our betrayer. However, God loves each and every one of us, including the betrayer. God desires for us to love one another as Christ loves us. Christ forgives are sins completely, and he expects us to do likewise. Remember, you have a choice, you don't have to go there. Grab the only anchor there is, which is the Lord!
But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. Psalms 78: 38-39
Go to the foot of the cross, and give it to Jesus. Let him own it, he will carry you. Lean on his everlasting arms and allow him to hold you up, when you're truly broken. Tell him how much it hurts, because of all people, Christ truly understands what you are going through. He understands your tears, and knows firsthand what it feels like to endure betrayal. Let Christ guide your footsteps, and he will reveal to you that there is no quick fix that restores broken trust. He understands that as humans we are complex, emotional beings, after all God created us in his image. The only way to repair trust in a broken relationship is when you make the choice to do so, by anchoring your life in the hands of God. Adjust your expectations and realize that good people are human, frail, and sinful. Trusting someone grows over time, and with the help of God, together you can rebuild your relationship on a solid foundation. You did not choose the valley of betrayal. However, you are the only one that can decide if you will allow the effects to reign over your life. You have a choice in the path you take, no one can force that upon you. Choose wisely, for your future is at stake. It boils down to whether or not you choose God's path or Satan's. Will you anchor your trust in God, and follow the route leading you into the light of mercy and grace? Or will you choose the route of Satan, leading you further into the depths of despair. The choice is yours! Friends I promise you, that you will only triumph over betrayal, when your response is anchored in Christ's love.
Our lives our made up of so much in this world today, that we often forget to take the time to do the things we love. My entire life has been filled with both the love I have for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and writing.
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