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Summary: Remember how the Lord came to the rescue of Paul the apostle who was betrayed and forsaken by close companions. Paul writes, "Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas because He loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.

How Can the Lord Help Us When We Have Been Betrayed? by Paul Fritz

2 Timothy 4:9-4:10

What are some of the ways we can deal with human betrayal:

1. Remember how the Lord came to the rescue of Paul the apostle who was betrayed and forsaken by close companions. Paul writes, "Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas because He loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. (2 Tim. 4:9,10) The Lord always raises up a replacement for those who have forsaken Godly people. He knows what you need.

2. Remember that faithful people are few. Paul writes, "I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:19-21) Do not be surprised when close friends betray your trust. Only the Lord is ultimately trustworthy. It is impossible for God to go back on His word. It is completely inconsistent with God’s character of reliability.

3. Even though Jesus knew that Judas Iscariot would betray Him, He kept him on the team. Matthew writes, "And while they were eating, He said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." They were all very sad and began to say to Him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?" (Matt. 26:21,22) Do not spend your time looking for traitors. God’s specializes in identifying, dealing with and punishing those who betray His trust.

4. Figure that there will always be people who are ready to take advantage of their privileges in Christ. Matthew writes, "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." (Matt. 22:4-6) Be on your guard for those who look like they are taking advantage of the powers, privileges, and the opportunities given to them in Christ.

5. Do not get frustrated with people who are unwilling to stay alert to attacks from the enemy. Mark writes, "Returning the third time, He said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer! (Mark 14:41,42)

6. Never forget to put on the full armor of God so that you can do well in every spiritual battle. Preparation is half of the battle. Be aware of devious attempts by some to kiss up to their leaders. Luke writes, "But Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" (Lk.22:48) Some people will try to ingratiate themselves to their leaders for their own advancement. Do everything to please the Lord first, not people. (Col. 3:23,24)

7. Always be forthright with people about their motives. Do not be gullible, naive, or easily misled. David went out to meet them and said to them, "If you have come to me in peace, to help me, I am ready to have you unite with me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our fathers see it and judge you!" (I Chron. 12: 17)

8. Let people know that God is the one who is the ultimate judge that they will have to one day give an account for everything. Do not prematurely judge people’s motives. Jesus said, "Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Matthew 7: 1,2)

9. Be especially watchful for people who do not have a consistent track record of faithfulness and fruitful ministries. Jesus said, "Watch out for false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them." (Matt. 7:15,16) Untrustworthy people will be known by those who have worked with them.

10. Ask local Godly leaders who are the people that can really be trusted with great or small responsibilities. (Luke 16: 10) 10. Be ready to give some people a second chance. Paul wrote to Timothy about John Mark who had once betrayed him and left in the middle of a missionary journey. "Send John Mark for he is useful to me." (2 Timothy 4: 11) God is in the business of restoring everyone who wants help. Do not be guilty of failing to forgive others’ trespasses as we have been forgiven by God.

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