Betrayal…Signs of the Second Coming? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
We are most definitely living in peculiar times. I don’t think I have ever heard of so many good people and good families facing such difficult battles and hardships arising from betrayals, deceptions, criticisms, and false or misleading accusations.
It is never Satan’s intentions to build and protect “unity” among the brethren. His goal has always been to “sow seeds of discord” whenever possible; even in the closest of families, friendships, or churches. And, believe me he doesn’t miss an opportunity to do so! He’s always on the prowl to find “someone” who will aid him in his destructive schemes. Sadly, he doesn’t have to look too wide or too far.
Words are powerful and when we are NOT using them to encourage or build up others, we can very easily be using them to tear down and discourage. I have always heard that if a person will speak negatively about someone to you, then they will speak negatively about you to someone. We can all find negative things to say about one another, because we are all human and we all fall short of the Glory of God. In other words, none of us are perfect; no not one.
As Christians, we learn that there are the sins of commission (doing or saying something wrong; or possessing the wrong attitude) and the sins of omission (failing to say or do that which is right, good, or proper). At times, all of us have missed chances and opportunities to do good. And, sadly, we often mess up by saying or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time; as well. But, God gives us “Good News” for such times. He teaches us to “love” one another and to “forgive” one another; exhorting, encouraging, and building up those in the faith. After all, we are family; God’s family.
But, somehow that Biblical principle has gotten lost in the shuffle of modern-day society. I know years ago it was common to hear Christians greet one another as, “Sister So-and-so,” or “Brother So-and-so.” But, that’s considered “old-fashioned” now a days. The book of Titus teaches how the older and younger Christians are to inter-relate one with another; giving honor and respect to the older and caring for the younger by being good examples and teachers of the Faith. However, our society has become so “youth” driven with more and more “novices” in leadership roles that foundational principles such as “honoring” and “respecting” our elders is no longer valued; neither given nor received. How sad. It seems “betrayal” at all levels of life has become the “norm” of our land.
But, in actuality, that is exactly what happened to Christ. He was betrayed by the “kiss” of a friend only hours before he was to be crucified. So, perhaps all of this increased betrayal, deception, and false accusations are simply “signs” of Jesus Christ’s soon return! After all, the Bible does teach us that the “love of many shall wax cold,” and things in general will wax worse and worse the closer to Christ’s return.
So, let us comfort one another with these reminders from God’s Word, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” and “Who shall separate us from the Love of God?” Oh, my friend, don’t let the pains from betrayal, rejection, deception, and false accusations get you down and discouraged. You are not alone. Look up! For our redemption draweth nigh!
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author