For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12
Two people have been friends for a very long time. They have grown to trust each other with all aspects of their lives and have shared some things that nobody knows but them. One of them got upset with the other and because Satan’s way into good relationships is through whatever we lust after or struggle with, he took the opportunity to come into this relationship through anger. (James 1:14) The angry one began to reveal all of the secrets of the other and major damage was done to that person.
Satan doesn’t like to see anyone getting along. He doesn’t want anyone to help the other. He especially doesn’t want us praying for each other (James 5:16). So betrayal is one of the things he uses to destroy relationships. Once betrayal comes in, it’s hard to rebuild the damaged relationship, but then nothing is too hard or impossible for God (Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26).
Have you been betrayed by your husband or wife, friend, family member (Lord knows I have, several times) or coworker? The first thing to do is forgive them. Yep! Forgive them. Then pray for them. Yep! Pray for them. Because Satan (the thief) severely blinds people to the point they don’t even know they’re being used to destroy other people’s lives. I mean didn’t Jesus say; “the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy?” (John 10:10)
When we forgive and pray for those who have betrayed us, it releases the love of Christ into the situation and love is what draws people to Him, our Savior. Proverbs 25:21-22 tells us that when our enemy (our betrayers) are hungry feed them. If they are thirsty give them something to drink. Because when we do this, we heap coals of fire (shame for what they’ve done and will surprise them with goodness in exchange for their evil) on their heads.
There’s no need to fight with the person who betrayed you because this battle has nothing to do with our revenge or ability to beat someone down or get even. This battle is being fought in realms we cannot see. Know that we have an advocate in Jesus, who will fight our battles if we let Him.