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MAY 2024

Who Did the Betrayal?

by | 202403, Devotionals

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Narrated by Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon & Written by Thelma A. Alngog

Welcome to the third and last part of our series “When Treated Unfairly.” How do we overcome the pain of betrayal? Let’s find out from today’s devotional.

Sinabi niya, “Nagkasala ako! Ipinagkanulo ko ang dugo ng taong wala ni anumang bahid ng kasalanan.”

Mateo 27:4

“Takot ka ba sa ahas?” tanong ng isang kaibigan. “Oo, hindi lang takot kundi takot na takot. Maraming ahas na nagkalat sa tabi-tabi. Huwag ka na ngang lumayo, katabi mo lang pala.” Iba palang ahas ang tinutukoy ni Eva sa kanyang sagot. Hindi na siya natuto at ilang beses na rin siyang binetray ng mga taong pinagkatiwalaan at pinatira pa sa kanilang bahay. Masyado kasi siyang maawain at matulungin.

Ang unang pinatira niya nang libre ay hindi lang betrayal at backbiting ang ginawa sa kanya. Pati mister niya ay inahas. Pero hindi lang siya nabetray once but twice kasi ‘yung second person na pinatira niya sa bahay na naging close at trusted friend niya ay ganun din ang ginawa. Eva experienced betrayal from her husband and her so-called friends. It’s true that experiencing betrayal is hard. Emotional pain, anxiety, and depression ang nararanasan ng betrayed dahil puwedeng ‘yung mga pinagkatiwalaan niya ay kung ano-ano ang ipinagkakalat na secrets at negative things tungkol sa kanya. Ikaw, naranasan mo rin ba ito?

Who betrayed you? Kaibigan ba, co-worker, or worse, maybe relative mo? Oo, masakit pero  may sasakit pa ba sa naranasan ni Jesus? But wait, who betrayed Him? Judas betrayed Jesus (Matthew 26:47–56). He betrayed Jesus by kissing and leading the guards to arrest Him. Ipinagpalit ni Judas si Jesus sa halagang 30 pieces of silver. Imagine this act of betrayal that led to Jesus’ crucifixion and worse, His death on the cross! But what happened to Judas after his betrayal of Jesus? He attempted to return the money he had been paid and committed suicide by hanging himself (Matthew 27:1–10).

How will you overcome the pain of betrayal? Find strength in reading God’s words and ask Jesus to heal and overcome your hard feelings. In the first place, nauna na si Jesus na nagpatawad kay Judas, sa lahat na nagkasala sa Kanya, at kasama na mga kasalanan natin.

When treated unfairly by others, we can always turn to God and find grace to forgive, receive healing, comfort, and strength. We hope you’ve been blessed by God’s Word. Join us again for another refreshing message from the Word of God!

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LET’S PRAY

Lord, I surrender my hurts and pain to You. Teach me how to forgive the person that betrayed me. I now release all my resentments and I choose peace in You and with You. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

APPLICATION

Use triple “A” in forgiving someone: 1. Acknowledge that God is our Great Healer; 2. Attend to your self-care like eating balanced meals, getting enough sleep, or finding ways to relax; 3. Accept the situation and avoid retaliation.

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