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God has a goal in mind for me. It could bring me into conflict with those I love most.

Betrayal is a gross violation of trust and can be one of the most devastating forms of pain inflicted upon me. The suffering of betrayal is often magnified by a sense of vulnerability and exposure. I’m not sure I want to go there.

The pain of betrayal can be worse than physical violence, deceit, or prejudice. Betrayal destroys the foundation of trust.

Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.” | Matthew 10:21

So when Jesus put this bold statement out, was he thinking of euthanasia? It is happening. Who is doing it? Sometimes the children. Who would have thought. Live is sacred.

I encounter many who are shocked that they are betrayed. There is a spirit of entitlement that cries out that it is unfair. Justice and judgement belongs to God.

Is betrayal a part of a disciple’s experience? Jesus warns me that I will be betrayed. It may be extreme, leading to death. I must count this cost as a result of my following Jesus. It will hurt but Jesus has given me the power of the Holy Spirit.

I am promised a reward. I have hope. I am at peace with what Jesus challenges me to do.