Done Wrong

“Jesus replied, ‘If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?’”  John‬ ‭18:23‬ ‭

Have you ever been done wrong?

I’m talking about real betrayal, an ultimate stab in the back by someone very close to you, like a best friend or family member.  And, maybe it had to do with your absolute worst fear, or the most vulnerable part of you.

Have you experienced that?

I’m not trying to dig up old bones that have been dealt with and buried here, but how did that event change you?  Did it make you colder, jaded, more callous?  Or, is your heart softer and more tender as a result?

Were you able to forgive and put it behind you?  Or, are you still nursing the wound?

Reading the 18th Chapter of John, I am overwhelmed considering how Jesus must have felt to be betrayed by Judas, across the Kidron Valley in a grove of olive trees—a place Judas knew well.  It was an intimate place.  Jesus had prayed with His disciples there.  It was their special place.  Judas chose this special, intimate place to betray Jesus.  And, Judas wasn’t the only one who betrayed Jesus.  Peter did, too—three times—and he was the one who said he would never betray Jesus—even if everyone else did.

At some point in our lives, if we are to be all that God wants us to be, we have to put all the hurt and betrayal behind us.  We have to reach way down deep and rip the bitterness in our hearts out by the roots so that we can really forgive and get on with the business of living!

Jesus did.

Goodnight, Runners.


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