Have you ever been betrayed by someone you loved or thought you could trust? How did that make you feel? Did you forgive them and continue to allow them to occupy space in your life? Or have you been the one to sell someone out for mere pennies? Was it worth it? What did you accomplish by doing this to someone who trusted you and was a friend or treated you like family? Do you later on apologize and ask their forgiveness?
Let’s look at this story in the book of Luke; before Jesus was to be given over to the enemy, to face his death and die on the cross for us; that believe in him. “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present”. Luke 22:3-6 (NKJV)
Later on in the story Judas gives away Jesus with just a kiss; that was the signal to the enemy that He was the one! Does this story ring true for so many of us that are betrayed for people in our lives? Jesus knew way before it was time that Judas was to betray him; he even told him that he would be the one! But, Judas didn’t believe him because he loved Jesus so much. But we see that he loved those coins so much more! They sounded good jiggling in his pocket and oh baby; the stuff he could buy with the coins! He could get some new sandals, a new robe and a belt! How many of us have sold out Jesus and our personal relationship for a few coins? A few handbags? A car payment? A house payment? How far did we get? The following month you still needed those same bills paid; was it worth it?
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)
If you had the choice to have all the money in the world; or a relationship with Jesus, which would you choose? We have a choice! That’s what I love so much about our Heavenly Father; He gives a choice; between Life and Death! We all should know that when you choose Him you get to have a life filled with abundance! Will it be perfect? No, but at least you still have your right mind, your loving heart, your compassionate soul and a trustworthy spirit! What more can you ask for?
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