The “Betrayal” Part 1: What Good Can Possibly Come from a Painful Betrayal?
Pretty much everyone who has lived on this earth for any length of time has probably experienced betrayal. Betrayal from friends, co-workers, family, maybe even a spouse. The reality is that as long as we live in this world it IS possible to be betrayed, and betrayal taking place even in the Christian community is quite common. Sometimes we hold a standard or have a perception of how Christians should behave, especially if they hold leadership positions to some extent. Any person, even a Christian, can become susceptible to betraying someone or being betrayed. Why? Because we are flesh and blood and are fighting the good fight to work out our salvation and allow Christ to be formed in us with the help of the Holy Spirit. The challenge for the victim of the betrayal is in our response and our ability to forgive, and to see with different eyes as to how this betrayal may even be of benefit to you.
An interesting trend I noticed early in ministry was that betrayal almost always seems to precede some kind of promotion, blessing, or next level. I saw this in my own life, in the lives of friends of mine, and even in the life of Jesus! I would watch as pure hearted quality men and women (in ministry especially) who had a prayer life, loved people, would do all they knew to do in ministry and relationships and would still experience horrific and painful betrayal. Amazingly though, almost all of them at present have a great story of the blessing that was waiting for them on the other side of that painful experience. Even though it was impossible for them to imagine it at the time. I began to actually see this so often that in time I started to recognize betrayal as a great big flag, waving in the sky announcing a coming promotion! This is not to say that betrayal can or should be taken lightly, or arrogantly – because if it is a real betrayal, it probably hurts too much at the time for you to think about getting up off the floor for your “next level.”
The truth is there are a few benefits to going through betrayal that are worth remembering when your own crisis hits.
1. Going through a painful betrayal brings us closer to God. It renews our dependency on Him and Him alone as someone we can fully trust.
2. Going through betrayal produces great humility in a person. The kind of humility that God needs working in our life, so we can handle the blessing or “next level” that He has for us.
3. Betrayal is a great teacher. The pain cuts deep, but also produces wisdom for handling relationships or setting boundaries in future relationships and situations.
4. Enduring betrayal produces a supernatural grace for greater anointing and greater ministry results.
5. Betrayal is often God’s way of allowing us to see the hearts of the people we trust, are defendant upon or want to walk with. In a ministry setting when someone betrays us and departs, consider it a great deliverance from possible greater problems and headaches later!
6. Betrayal is an opportunity to test the state of your own heart and grow in the fruit of the Spirit and the ability to forgive and love deeper.
Stay tuned for the “betrayal” Part 2: How the enemy can function through good people against you – and how you can fortify yourself!
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Derek is an apostolic leader, requested speaker, trainer, author, and execution strategist. He loves to advise Pastors and Leaders on Ministry and Church Growth.
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