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Betrayed by a Friend
By Robert Berendt

Betrayal is never easy to come to terms with, especially when it comes from those we trust and love. Are we at risk of betraying anyone?

ne of the best-known stories in the Bible is that of Judas and his betrayal of Jesus Christ. Jesus was destined to suffer and die, and there was a prophecy that He would be betrayed (Psalm 41:9). That Judas planned ahead of time is evidenced by his going to the priests seeking the thirty silver coins for his deed (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 26:14,15).

No doubt it pained Jesus to tell Judas to leave the last supper and obey Satan. It most likely pained Jesus even more that Judas betrayed Him with a kiss of friendship, recognition and brotherhood (Luke 22:48). Betrayal by someone who is close to you and whom you trust is far more painful than if an enemy appeared and brought you harm. When we ask what pain is greatest, we can list marital infidelity among the worst. Infidelity in our relationship with God carries with it a far greater penalty (Hebrews 6:4-6).

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