according to www.dictionary.reference.com betrayal/betray means:
1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty:Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to betray atrust.
to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to: tobetray one's friends.
to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence: to betray a secret.
to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferablyconceal): Her nervousness betrays her insecurity.
Betrayal is something that can come from an enemy or a friend. It hurts most when it is a loved one, someone dear to your heart.
How could they say that?
Do they not love me?
What kind of person would do that?
How could they just sit by and not say a word?
Betrayal is extremely difficult to deal with. Jesus was betrayed by not only his enemies, but his friends and family. He felt the ultimate betrayal and died with that hanging from the cross with him.
He understands betrayal. He knows how much it hurts. I'm so thankful He loves me. I'm so thankful that He always has my back. I'm so thankful that He will always be there for me. I'm so thankful He understands.
The only thing I can do in times like this is to pray and not let the devil steal my joy. The devil uses people and betrayal is one of his favorite tools. I know it will take time to heal the hurts but I will not let the devil steal my joy, my peace, or my life.
Guard your heart, for out of it flows the issues of life. God.
Do not cast your pearls before swine. God
Mat 5:43-48 You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." (44) But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (45) so that you may become sons of your Father in Heaven. For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (46) For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? (47) And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax-collectors do so? (48) Therefore be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.
As with all things there is balance. I must guard my heart and mind. I cannot put myself into spiritually and physically destructive situations. Yet, God wants me to have peace in my heart. So, He helps us come to that place of peace and no bitterness by encouraging us to pray for the betrayer. There have been times that I had to remove myself from a relationship that was very hurtful for me, but over time I was able to find a peace in my heart and mind and to eventually even pray for God to bless them with His presence, love, and justice.
Sometimes this process is quick other times it can take more than a year. The result may be reconciliation and other times there can be no relationship restored but only a peace that passes all understanding in my heart. There are people out there that only want to hurt us and so there can be no communication or relationship. It is not that there is unforgiveness. There can be forgiveness but a need for boundaries.
I'll be putting up fences for a long time. Someone drove on my lawn with a dump truck and dropped a load of poo in an attempt to destroy my home. I will pray for the driver.