Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1: 2-3
My first memory of betrayal happened in fifth grade when a close friend told a boy that I had a crush on him. I could not believe she broke her promise to keep my secret. I recall she acted like it was no big deal which made things worse.
Jesus was betrayed by a kiss from Judas, and I am inspired by the way the Savior responded. He kept his emotions in check by looking beyond the betrayal to what it meant for you and me. He voiced that He had more than twelve legions on standby, but those angels would never get that call to come rescue Jesus. Christ kept referring to the fulfillment of the Scriptures. The suffering of betrayal plus the cruel cross were all part of a divine plan. He knew this betrayal had beauty lurking beneath it.
Though it is not a popular truth, suffering and sometimes betrayal are part of the Christian life. Hard times are the kiln for creating something beautiful within us. We are not to act as though something strange is happening when trouble comes our way (1Peter 4:12). Jesus warned it has an appointment for our doorstep (John 16:33). When it comes, don’t ask, “Why me?” Ask, “How can I experience victory in this hard season? Lord, show yourself strong on my behalf so that You receive glory.”
I know it’s a challenge, but through Christ you are already more than a conqueror, my friend. If you cooperate with God, you can turn the devil’s ugly stumbling block into a beautiful gemstone of Christian maturity. The Lord can distract you from getting even to growing internally; from self-pity to purpose-driven productivity. You don’t have time for bitterness when you choose to focus on betterment and building the kingdom of God.
Forgive your betrayer as Christ forgives you and keep going. Keep growing. Surrender to God’s work of creating Christlike beauty for the ashes of betrayal.