What do you do when you think you might have been betrayed by a prominent church member? I know no one is perfect; we all have our shortcomings. But since I held this person in such high regards—the whole incident took me by surprise. After I got over the initial shock, the hurt of betrayal set in.
What do you do with all the pain?
As soon as I realized what was going on, my attention was no longer on the betrayer, but on the evil spirit that set the whole thing in motion. You see, the devil will have us to believe that our war is with people, when in fact it originated in his laboratory of wickedness. (Ephesians 6:12)
Since holding a grudge is not a part of my character, I was able to spot this intruding emotion right off. My response was: Oh, no you won’t. I knew this was a plot straight out of hell. I immediately prayed and asked God what should I do with all the hurt? He inspired me to go on a shut-in fast.
And he [Jesus] said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. (Mark 9:29)
When you’ve been betrayed, you can’t let those negative feelings roam around loose; hurt will mushroom and develop into a more serious situation called unforgiveness. Once unforgiveness takes residence in your heart, betrayal then becomes the least of your woes. Consequently, the wound must be patched up; because the enemy will take advantage of any openings to make matters worse.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven for your trespasses. (Mark 11:25, 26)
I told my friends and family not to contact me because I was going on a shut-in fast; I needed to spend some private time with God. The Holy Spirit was the only one who could instruct me on what I needed to do in order for my heart to heal. In addition, I prayed for the offender just in case the person was in error. I said just in case because when the enemy sets up his deceptive schemes, it’s hard at times to identify who’s at fault.
In the natural, it seems like the scars we encounter are too deep to mend. But, even though the scars of betrayal might remain; God can heal the pain.
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