Day 26 John 13:19-38

Scripture:

John 13:19-38.

Observation:

John 13 continues from yesterday with Jesus telling his disciples that He knows that one of His own will betray Him.  Betrayal is such a painful experience.   It’s painful because it comes from people whom you have loved and trusted.  Betrayal catches a person completely off guard. It happens when you trust someone, you think they feel the same way about you and then…BAM!! You find out they have done something against you. Maybe they lied to you? Or perhaps they slandered your name?   Betrayal is finding out the person you love is actually not looking out for your best interest. They have been “faking it” in your relationship.  In Jesus case, Judas pretended to love him yet  turned on Jesus as the first opportunity to make a quick dollar.

Question: If you have ever experienced betrayal, what was your response to that person?  I know for me, it makes me leery to trust again. Just this past week I had a difficult situation with a coworker. I feel like withdrawing and pulling back, I feel hurt and all of a sudden i  begin to question people’s motives and wonder if they are sincere in their comments. Over the years I’ve had friends that seemed close and like they really cared about me and then a misunderstanding occurred and boom, just like that, the friendship terminated.  It was painful because I thought the friendship was worth giving the person the benefit of the doubt and believing the best in them. If the situation would have been reversed, I would have given them grace, I would have seen their heart and not rejected them as a person. I thought the friendship was worth something to them, but this obviously wasn’t the way they saw it.   Yep, I can say that betrayal stings.

Question:  Have you been able to forgive the person who betrayed you?

Jesus again tells His disciples to love one another. ‘This will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  I think this is extremely important—Jesus has just been betrayed by Judas, He knows that Peter is going to deny Him 3 times—He knows he is going to the cross, —yet…He tells us to love.

Love.

Application:

I want to love well. I would encourage readers to pop over to 1 Corinthians 13 and read it slowly. Let it sink it.  I especially like the Message translation, you can find it online.  This is love. This is how others will know we are His disciples.

Prayer:

I desire to be a disciple whose life resembles 1Corinthians 13.  I can’t do that on my own, dearest Lord, help me to love, even when I don’t feel like it. Help me to forgive others, I never want my actions to hurt others. Please help me to  be wise in my words, actions and deeds.

~joni

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Posted on October 26, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thank you for going there, Joni, and the encouraging words! I lost my two closest friendships this last year and was in a funk for a long time over the rejection, but God is carrying me through it to a better place He has in mind, and he has taught me lots through it. Jesus faced rejection too, way worse than mine, but though his heart was broken, he stayed focused on the task at hand–equipping his apostles to carry the Good News to the end of the earth. God does not reject me; He loves me no matter what. I should love others the same way.

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  2. thanks for sharing your experience and how you are learning from it. I’d like to offer up a prayer for this reader and others, (myself included) who has experienced betrayal.
    ” This afternoon, i lift up each person who has read this blog and thought about a specific situation in their own life. Dear Lord, You love them–and You understand their heart’s desire to love others. I pray that relationships might be restored if that would bring You glory, and if, for this season, that is not possible, I pray for each person to let go of resentment, pain and unforgiveness. Replace that in our hearts with a joy to continue to give and love others unconditionally. I KNOW we will never be rejected by You. No matter how much we disappoint You, You remain the same.. . You are Forever Faithful. Amen

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