Friday, 8 October 2021
Betrayal
By: Prathab V

John 13:18-21

Few things cut deeper in the heart than the searing pain of betrayal. The famed British poet, William Blake once wrote: “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend”. How true those words are, when I reflect upon what I went through at work

Several years ago, my job as a consultant, required me to interview candidates and evaluate their suitability for hiring. In one such occasion, a well-known Datuk, who held a top position in the government, introduced his nephew to me. Not wanting to be influenced, I made it clear that I will evaluate his nephew objectively and fairly.

After the interview and subsequent tests, I was impressed and made a recommendation to hire the nephew. When he joined the company, I taught the young man all that I knew and guided him step by step. He showed much promise and I liked the young man’s talents.

However, as time went on, he began to backstab in various sinister methods while undermining my authority. It was then I realised, that he was an ambitious and impatient young man who coveted my position.

As I look back on the damage that he did, I was very hurt and angry. I had trusted him but he wanted power and money quickly. He betrayed my trust and I felt lonely in the organisation. “No loneliness is lonelier than distrust,” a psychologist wrote in Psychology Today webzine a few years ago.

It was an apt description of how I felt then. Trust precedes the pain of betrayal. Without trust, any form of treachery would have lost its sting.

Still, my hurt cannot be compared to the betrayal that our Saviour experienced. Jesus was clearly overwhelmed when one of his 12 disciples, Judas Iscariot, “ turned his heel ” against him. Verse 21 of John 13 describes Jesus as being “ greatly distressed ”. Indeed, the pain of betrayal can be emotionally overwhelming.

This morning, I just want to bless my Lord for His love to me. He healed my pain and gave me hope. He also taught me to forgive graciously. Holding on to the pain will only do more damage to one’s heart.

The beautiful thing is that Jesus promises to bind the broken-hearted and give us peace.

Perhaps this morning, you have some heartache in the past that is causing much pain within you. If so, I urge you to come to Jesus and ask Him to heal the pain. He knows the pain you are going through because He Himself was betrayed. Talk to Him. He is with you right now.
Commit your life to Him and let Him be the pilot of your life.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, only you understand my heartaches and the pain I have suffered. Help me not to hold on to the past. Heal me and teach me to forgive graciously. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年10月8日
标题:背叛
标题:Prathab V.
作者:巫惠如

约翰福音 13:18-21

没有什么东西比背叛的痛苦更深刻。英国著名诗人威廉·布莱克曾写道:“原谅敌人比原谅朋友容易”。当我反思我在工作中经历的事情时,这些话是多么真实。

几年前,身为顾问,我需要面试面试者并评估他们是否适合被聘用。有一次,一位在政府担任高级职务的著名拿督,介绍他的侄子给我。我不想被影响,并明确表示我将客观、公正地评估他的侄子。

经过面试和随后的测试,我对他的侄子留下了深刻的印象,并决定聘请他。当他加入公司时,我把我所知道的一切都教了这个年轻人,并一步一步地指导他。他很有前途,我喜欢这个年轻人的才能。

然而,随着时间过去,他开始以各种方法耍阴招,暗中算计我。我意识到,他是一个野心勃勃、缺乏耐心的年轻人,也觊觎我的地位。

当我回顾他所造成的损害,我感到非常受伤和愤怒。我曾信任他,但他想迅速获得权力和金钱。他背叛了我的信任,我在组织中感到很孤独。几年前,一位心理学家在《今日心理学》网络杂志上写道:”没有什么孤独比不被信任更孤独了”。

这是对我当时感受的恰当描述。信任先于背叛的痛苦。若是没有先前的信任,任何形式的背叛都会失去它毒刺的杀伤力。

尽管如此,我的伤痛不能与我们的救主所经历的背叛相比。当他的12个门徒之一,加略人犹大,“翻脸不认人“时,耶稣显然悲痛欲绝。约翰13:21描述耶稣“心里忧愁”。的确,在感情上被出卖的痛苦是难以承受的。

今天早上,我要因主对我的爱称颂祂。祂治愈了我的痛苦,给了我盼望。祂还教我以恩典宽恕。抱着痛苦不放只会对自己的心灵造成更大的伤害。

美妙的是,耶稣应许医治破碎的心,给我们平安。

也许今天早上,你在过去有一些心痛的事情,在你内心造成了很大的痛苦。如果是这样,我劝你来到耶稣面前,求祂医治这些伤痛。祂知道你正在经历的痛苦,因为祂自己曾被出卖。告诉他吧!祂现在就与你同在。

把你的生命交付给祂,让祂成为你生命的引导。

祈祷:主耶稣,只有你了解我的心事和我所遭受的痛苦。帮助我不要执着于过去。医治我,教我以恩典宽恕别人。奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门。