Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Judas Kiss

A repost from the past.
I was thinking about Judas yesterday and about this post. I'll conclude at the bottom and share what I've learned.

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Today I have been thinking a lot about Luke 6:30-31 "Give to everyone who asks, and if somebody takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Sometimes I want revenge.
Sometimes I want to kick people in the head.
Sometimes I wish God had said that rather to be kind to someone who's hurt you (because it will be like heaping hot ashes on their head) sometimes I wish He gave me permission to actually put hot ashes on their head.

But I know His word and that's what I want to live by. It says to forgive.
I will forgive.
Will I trust them again? Probably not. Absolutely not. I'm choosing to forgive right now, even though I really want to hate and curse and swear and say the words, "You are dead to me."
Betrayal is a funny thing.
Sometimes betrayal comes out of nowhere. Jesus at least knew what was coming-He knew Judas would betray Him. And that's kind of baffling to me: because if I had a choice of whether knowing I was about to be betrayed or just have a betrayal happen by surprise, I'd choose neither. Jesus knew ahead of time that He would be betrayed by Judas and yet He still loved him, still had dinner with him, still had compassion on him.
Today I want to be like Jesus, because if I was left to myself-I'd hang my Judas.

Dear Jesus,
Help me to love those who hurt me. Help me to remember that the precious things that belong to me can never truly be stolen away. Help me to choose love. Help me to look them in the eyes again without hate.
I choose to forgive them and their selfish actions. Repair the damage they've done to my heart. Restore in me a right heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
I bless them Lord. I pray that You would prosper them and cause them to flourish with what was once mine. I pray that it would be a continual source of joy for them.
I trust You to redeem me. I trust You to be faithful to me. You are awesome God and there is no one like You. Thank You for loving me.
Amen.
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Conclusion-two years later.
When this event happened, I was beyond angry. Seething, really.
But since I wrote this post and forgave them for their betrayal, I haven't thought about it much. A few times over the past two years but not a whole lot.
Yesterday, I was talking to my kids about Judas and how He betrayed Christ. I thought about Christ's immense love or us. Jesus knew from the start who would betray Him, and yet He still walked with Judas and loved him and invited him to be a part of His life.
To willingly welcome and love someone who would hurt you. To have that attitude right from the start of their relationship. An attitude that said, "You may hurt me, but it won't stop me from loving you."
Baffling.
Wondrous.
Radical
love.

5 comments:

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I think we all need to be betrayed just once to know a taste of what Jesus suffered at the hands of Judas.

It isn't fun at all.

But thank the Lord we have been forgiven and he helps us forgive those who hurt us.

A wonderfully honest post!

Nezzy said...

This old Ozark farm chick had this pounded into her head growin' up. "Forgive and forget." Well, I can do pretty good at the forgive part but baby it's dang hard to forget the hurts and pain. Dr. Phil says something to the tune (paraphrasing here) Hate the person...poison yourself, which is so very true.

I am so very thankful that our Lord loved us so much to forgive us again and again. I pray as I strive every day to be as compassionate. Ya'll have a good Easter.

From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Pondersoa, ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

LOVED THIS! We had similar thoughts today didn't we! I loved you take on it! How true and mind blowing that Jesus KNEW Judas was going to betray him, yet He still had love and compassion for him.

Oh I have so much to learn and so many ways in which to grow more like out Savior!

Tracy said...

This is wonderfully real.

And...How.Is.It.Possible? Oh, how he loves us! I cannot understand it.

I am so grateful for your honest words. Happy Easter.

Camie said...

Happy Easter Friend! Love you!

Camie