Success includes enduring the betrayal of false friends

Most everyone who has led a group for a decent period of time has been betrayed.

You expect an enemy or even a stranger to do you wrong but when someone whom who have trusted double crosses, steals or is dishonest, it hurts all the more.

Betrayal bites!

I love this poem by Emerson entitled, ‘Success’.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden, a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scripture, certainly David in the Psalms, knew a thing or two about betrayal.

Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; He has broken his covenant.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalms 55:19-22

David himself was a king of betrayal himself as you may well recall. He repented with the help of his mentor, the true prophet Samuel and God received him back after much lament.

When we are betrayed, we need to release it to God, trusting that:

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romana 12:14-21

Those are crazy words from a humanistic personal point of view but they are one’s of faith and contain supernatural power!

Let God handle it!

Nonetheless, it still hurts.

Be assured, God knows plenty about betrayal and forgiveness. He is just and righteous. He will reward the faithful and obedient, one this and the other side of Heaven.

Yes, ‘Let go and let God’ is a tried and true saying.

We must learn from mistakes and learn from false betrayers but we are wise to trust some regardless of the future uncertainty because ‘nothing ventured is nothing gained’.

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