How to Treat the Betrayer

8 Oct

God’s Word: Mark 14: 12-21

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

So how would you treat someone you knew would betray you?  point the fingerJesus set the example.  He knew Judas would betray him—because of Judas’ love of money–but Jesus didn’t let that cast a shadow over how He treated Judas. He included Judas just like His other disciples.  None of the other disciples even had a hint that it would be Judas.  Jesus had perfected how flawlessly he treated others, even though He knew what they would later do.

Jesus is the perfect example of how to treat others.  Give every person the benefit of the doubt, not holding against them past mistakes or perceived possible future failings.  Isn’t that how you wish to be treated?  That is another way to look at the Golden Rule.  What a different world you would live in if everyone treated everyone else this way.  If Jesus didn’t “lord it over others” why would you feel qualified to do so?

Jesus had “insider information” because He and I are one.  But he did not let that information be divulged as He interacted with Judas.  Too often I see mankind pointing fingers against each other as a way of elevating themselves—or so they suppose.  It certainly does not elevate them in My sight.  I am looking for those who will treat others with equality—regardless of that person’s shortcomings.  Why is it so hard to treat others as you want to be treated?  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

God’s Question: How do you relate today to one who betrayed you yesterday?

God’s Promise: As you forgive others, so shall I forgive you.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for the purity of your kindness and forgiveness.

I am Sorry I fail so miserably in this very area.

Thank You for reminding me to follow Jesus’ example.

Please help me not allow a grudge rest on my shoulder.

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