Grace and peace family,
Betrayal has been defined as being disloyal, unfaithful, deceived or deceiving, even treacherous. In Luke 22, Judas is an example of one who betrayed Jesus. Judas, however, isn’t the only one involved in betrayal. John 1:11 reveals the Jewish leaders and people were also involved. If we’re not careful, we too can find ourselves on the side of betrayal. When that happens, we need to repent.
If you are one who has yet to fully believe and rely on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the payment for your sin (agreeing that you are a sinner, meaning one who break God’s laws) and to rely on God’s promise for forgiveness, resurrection and eternal life as reward for your faith, then God calls you to repent (Acts 17:30, NASB)! Specifically, repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15, NASB).
Sometimes believers in Christ find themselves being unfaithful–even though He remains faithful. This often occurs through various paths toward disobedience. For example, like the Jewish leaders, we can make plans to sin. It’s interesting to note, that there often seems to be someone to help us do what we want–even if it is wrong. The Jewish leaders were planning and plotting on how to kill Jesus without getting an unfavorable reaction by the people. Then, like a gift, Judas showed of offering his services for hire. A lesson to learn is just because someone offers to help you do want you want, doesn’t mean God sent them. No matter how pretty or handsome they are; no matter how much financial satisfaction you will receive; no matter the happiness you might gain … if you’ve rebelled against God in your planning, repent.
When we consider the betrayal of Judas, we also learn you can’t rely on people’s happiness with your plans and actions as a sign that you’re doing the right thing (Luke 22:5, NASB). People can selfishly show support of your sinful plans–as long as they get what they want. If you’ve been tricked into thinking your attitudes or actions were right because someone affirmed them, even though God’s word already speaks against it, then, you need to repent.
Repentance is a change–in attitude–that leads to a change in action. It’s a mindset that agrees with God about a matter and changes to align with God’s will on that matter. If you have attitudes and actions that contradict or have gone against what God’s word already says, repent and return to God with humility and obedience. In doing so, you will experience the #turningpoint God desires for you to have.