Betrayed by a Kiss
“Despite the smile on her face, I could feel deceitfulness in her embrace…..Why did it have to happen like this…..betrayed by a kiss………” The sting of betrayal leaves a deep lingering pain that often wounds us at our core. But the worst betrayal isn’t by an enemy….it is by someone we trusted….someone we called a friend. King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 27:6, “But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”
Nobody knows this better than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Matthew 26:49 says, “So Judas came straight to Jesus.”Greetings, Rabbi!" he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.” The journey to the Cross started with one simple kiss….but ended with the forgiveness of all our sins.
Just like Jesus, we all have felt the kiss of betrayal. Whether it was by a family member, a friend, a mate, or spouse…we all have been betrayed. And it hurts. It hurts to think that someone we loved…we trusted…would… hurt us....lie to us…trick us…use us….but they do….they did…and they will. The Word tells us in Micah 7:5 “Don't trust anyone--not your best friend or even your wife!”
Imagine how Jesus felt when Judas betrayed him. Here is man that he taught, he prayed with…ate with….he knew him intimately…he loved…called a friend. And this man betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver (money). So the next time you feel betrayed…think about Jesus…how he felt. In Luke 22:48 Jesus asks Judas, "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"
I can tell you from personal testimony….betrayal hurts. It makes you angry, it makes you sad…..it makes you want to seek revenge on the person that betrayed you. It makes you question God and ask him, “Why did you allow this to happen to me?” But remember all this work together for the good…..
Your betrayal (which you won’t see at the beginning) actually worked for your good. Though it harmed you…it hurt you….in end it will worked for your good. God allowed you to get betrayed because he knew it would push you into your calling….your destiny….your purpose.
There was a purpose behind your betrayal. Just like there was a purpose behind Jesus’ betrayal. Like Jesus we all have Judas in our lives. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him. In Mark 14:18, he says, "I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me." Jesus knew Judas was going to betrayal.
But with even knowing that didn’t make it less painful for Jesus. John 13:21 says, "After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit.” It hurt Jesus that Judas was going to betray him but Jesus knew he had to do…it was part of God plan’s to get him to the cross. So the betrayal served a great purpose….a purpose that we as Christians…believers…reap the benefits from everyday.
When God allows someone to betrayal us….know there is purpose behind it. Think about Joseph and his brothers. They sold him into slavery….he then went to prison….yet he became one of Pharaoh’s top officials and was able to save his family. God used Joseph betrayal for his good and for the good of many people.
Today I encourage you to stop looking at your betrayal like a bad thing but decree and declare it is working for my good. So forgive and pray for the person that betrayed you. You might not see it right now, but believe it serves a purpose. So the next time you decide to throw yourself self-pity party over the person who betrayed you….remember Joseph and Jesus…betrayal let them into their destines.
Today’s Scripture: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20