Have you ever been betrayed? In order to be betrayed you have to have loved and trusted someone deeply.
It is stunning to me that Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas would betray Him, but it did not hold Him back from including Judas in His inner circle and risking His heart.
I think that if I knew ahead of time that someone was going to betray me, I would not even introduce myself much less bring the person into my inner circle.
Jesus is so different from me. He blows my mind. He keeps His love turned on towards all people 100% of the time.
For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. (John 6:64b NASB)
Perfection does not equal acceptance from the people around you.
You might even say that the more Christ like you become, the more you may experience rejection.
Jesus walked in confidence because His sense of self worth did not come from His companions.
When the Jews wanted to kill Him He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing. (John 5:19-20 NASB)
Jesus' identity was completed wrapped up in what the Father thought about Him and in living according to His Father's wishes.
You won't be healed of your rejection by analyzing the source of your rejection but by looking at the source of your acceptance. (Bob Sorge)
Your Father loves you with the same exact love He loves Jesus with. Make living your life in Him your highest aim and the acceptance or rejection from people will lose its hold on you.
Any pain you have stored up in your heart from betrayal belongs to you. You can choose to own it and to let it go. Choose to let it go today!
I bless you to live in peace.
Here is a true life story movie about a brother laying down his life. It is a "wow" story. I checked this out for free from our public library, but here is the link to check it out on Amazon: