Perspective: I feel betrayed
The Perspective this week deals with betrayal. We’ve all felt betrayed at some time in our life. It’s a part of the human experience. Sometimes life hurts. People disappoint us. They let us down. Jesus understands that…because He was betrayed as well.
- Have you ever considered that Jesus would understand your feelings when someone betrays you?
Chapter 9: Jesus was Tempted: The Truth about Temptation
This chapter deals with something we likely don’t think about very often. Temptation isn’t usually on our radar screen daily…but it’s something around us all the time. Sometimes we’re tempted to eat too much or the wrong things. Sometimes we’re tempted to be lazy or dishonest. Sometimes temptation lurks around the corner when we’re around someone of the opposite sex. Sometimes we’re tempted to blame others rather than owning our own stuff.
This is an experience Jesus understands. We can read about it in Matthew 4:1-11.
- Share a time when you experienced temptation. Did you resist or fall for the enemy’s lies?
- Were you aware that Jesus experienced temptation? How does that make you feel about Him?
- Is the concept of spiritual warfare new for you? What are your thoughts about spiritual warfare in your personal life and your family’s life?
- What is one thing you took from this chapter that you want to move from your head to your heart?
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Insecurities tempt me the most. And there was a time that insecurity lead me to perceive a betrayal. Now that is a mess! It is comforting to know Jesus knows it is tough being us.
As the testamony of the lady you shared, I find myself proud/naive to think I could be in an affair. And yet I have a friend battling for her marriage that I would NEVER have thought that would happen to them. Thanks for a wise heads up.
Thank you for your very valuable insight when you said that "insecurity led you to perceive a betrayal." That is a very important concept to understand. Sometimes we are betrayed by others and sometimes we are betrayed by ourselves.
I certainly have fallen to temptation before, and now when I look back I see how God was trying to rescue me, but I was prideful and stubborn and resisted his saving truths. I am continually amazed at how God can change hearts and remove the things we need to get rid of and replace them with things that are praiseworthy.
I appreciated the reminder that while our community of people is valuable, it also is made up of imperfect people. And sometimes that means moments will sting our hearts. But I'd rather have an imperfect community that have no one with whom to share God's glory.