But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, – Matthew 5:44
These passages of scripture have come to life so many times in the past year or two. I thank God that it got me through some difficult times where I had to deal with people who intentionally set out to cause harm to my livelihood and character. Many times I have had to draw on this and other passages to keep me from stepping out from the will of God and taking matters into my own hands. I thank God that I was able to go to Him in prayer and come up even stronger than I was before I came under attack.
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together And walked to the house of God in the throng. – Psalm 55:12-14
David, the king of Israel was betrayed by people who were very close to his heart. His family and friends came against him and I imagined this hurt him deeply. It hurt him so deep that this passage was written by him. Allow me to paraphrase what he’s saying. “He could understand if it were his enemy trying to hurt him, but it was his family and the people he spent a lot of time with, dined with, even went to church with that turned on him.”
“I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eatsbread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ – John 13:18
But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. – Matthew 26:50
Jesus was also betrayed by Judas. Someone who walked with Jesus for little over three years. Judas betrayed Jesus by selling out to the Pharisees in a plot to kill Jesus. Here’s the catchy part: Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him the whole time, but He allowed him to walk with Him during His earthly ministry. Wow! If we can continue to bless those who curse us even though we see straight through their schemes and plots, we are promised a great reward in the end.
These are just a few passages that helped me during times of betrayal. I wanted to strike back, but I had to keep reminding myself that the blood of Jesus had made me a new creation and the old things had passed away. The old things being retaliation and getting even. I had to make sure the little bit of old didn’t come back and mess everything up. I had to kick the 17 works of the flesh out and take on the Fruit of the Spirit at all times.
2 Corinthians 5:17 | 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 | Galatians 5:15-26 | 1 Peter 5:6-8