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’.

It’s beautiful…

Every creature, every creation under heaven skies has an element of beauty.

How do we first see it, then look deep and lastly share it?

there is something beautiful

I think we must first know ugly to appreciate beauty to its maximum. That is probably why God put us on earth, full well knowing we would struggle. It is out of that struggle, out of the suck, out of the ugly that we may appreciate the love and beauty fuller with more exquisite color and bolder brightness.

I love these two songs:

It is so easy, a natural drift, to get stuck in a ditch. Just like weeds, it doesn’t take any effort for them to grow. With few exceptions, they are ugly. However, growing a flower or a garden takes work and a plan. So if we fall in the ditch, we only need to lookup.

Know this:

Where do you find and discover beauty?

How do you maintain a beautiful perspective?

The Bible is a great gift

The Holy Bible is a great gift to man. In this media-rich time, it is readily available. We are blessed if we each read it, study it then heed it.

Lincoln and the Bible

I can testify it is wonderful learning about:

  • Jesus Christ our Savior
  • Eternal Life
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Morality / Manners
  • Character Development
  • Servant Leadership
  • Creation / Life
  • History & Future

And much, much more.

It is super simple yet incredibly complex. It can be understood by a youg child and bewilder an experienced scholar.

It the world’s #1 all-time never to be defeated ALL TIME BEST SELLER. Some have tried to ban it, burn it and ignore it….all at their own peril.

Resources:

http://www.BibleHub.com

http://www.OliveTree.com

http://www.YouVersion.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innumerable

Psalms 40:5

Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works

Which You have done;

And Your thoughts toward us

Cannot be recounted to You in order;

If I would declare and speak of them,

They are more than can be numbered.

Commentary

Just think of all the amazing works, the intricate detail and sum of the moving parts that make the world a wonder to behold; from the micro atom to the vast universe and everywhere in between.

Modern science, advanced from our perspective and history, is elementary compared to God’s divine, unlimited, multi-dimensional capacity. The LORD’S omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence is incalculable and formidable.

It’s incredible in the processes and material combinations to sustain physical life. Then add to that the mystery in how feelings, thoughts, imagination, and comprehension work.

Finally, think that God has made us in an image of Him and we have the opportunity to understand God in a sense, a glimmer, which is literally out of this world into the next for eternity.

Yes, you are certainly right David, they are innumerable.

So when the world has got you down, when your thinking is stinking then think on these things. Count your blessings. Remember your victories. Know that God, the God of the universe, knows your name. He knows more about you than you do. He has given each of us a choice, moment by precious moment.

When you feel on top of the world, know that you are nothing without God. We are called to humble ourselves, so that He may lift us up. Our purpose is not to glorify ourselves, not to puff up in pride, but rather to glorify our Crestor for He alone is perfect and thus worthy.

Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight from Jesus

Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

Matthew 20:29-34

Lesson:

They called loud and pleaded virgoursly for help from God despite the naysayers around them.

They listened intently and were ready to receive help from God due to their plight. Pain can be good.

They received their sight {don’t each of us need to receive our spiritual sight?) as God has compassion for those hurting and seeking Him.

They followed Jesus and didn’t wander off.

How does that apply to you?