Friday, February 11, 2011

The Most Important Aspect of BETRAYAL

In this final posting on lessons of betrayal from the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis, we reach the most important aspect of dealing with betrayal. Read the following words closely as Joseph reveals himself to the very brothers who years earlier, out of hatred and jealousy, had pushed him into the pit of betrayal. Genesis 45:4-5, 14-15 says:

"Then Joseph said to his brothers, 'Please come closer to me.' And they came closer. And he said, 'I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.' Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him."

WOW! Do you see the main aspect of dealing with betrayal in those verses? It can be summed up in one very critical word and that word is FORGIVENESS. You will never experience total victory over the wounds and scars caused by betrayal until you FORGIVE those who hurt you.

The problem is that most people have a very warped view of what FORGIVENESS really is. So in my next series of posts here at "Hope for Hurting Pastors" I am going to write about what true Biblical FORGIVENESS really looks like. If you are a pastor or ministry leader that has found yourself pushed into the PIT of BETRAYAL, whether it be recent or way in the past, these next few posts will be must-reads for you!

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