But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”—Luke 22:48
Have you been betrayed? I have. And the effects of being betrayed can linger for years. Often you will deal with the private ramifications of the event, including shame, regret, depression, and even dishonestly pretending you're okay while inside your soul is in agony. But why live in the dark? Why choose to live in this prison of self? Jesus didn't. He called out his betrayer and betrayal with a probing question, "Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" This probing question was Jesus' method of bringing the betrayer and his betrayal into the light. He was immediate. He was direct. He was lovingly truthful with a question. And this confrontation with truth was Jesus' way to refuse the internal consequences while the external consequences were imminent. Today refuse to live in the prison of your betrayer, bring the betrayal into the light.
"But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible."—Ephesians 5:13
DO THIS: Bring the betrayal into the open.
PRAYER: God, I am tired of feeling betrayed. Begin healing me by giving me the strength, to be honest about how I feel and what I have experienced. Give me freedom from my prison, and relieve from my personal bondage.