Forgiving Friends Who Betray Us (Two Women in Solomon's Court)
Friend or Foe?
“And when you
stand praying, if
them, so that
your Father in
forgive you your
sins.” Mark 11:25
Both women were wounded: one by a loss that was
unthinkable, the other by an act that was unbelievable.
Grief causes us to do strange things.
When has a friend hurt you? Did you find it hard to
The word ‘vulnerable’ comes from the Latin word for
‘wound’; it means, literally, woundable.
The temptation is to shut off; but God wants us to heal
so we can risk relationships again.
“Blessedis the one
Blessedis the one
the LORD does not
andin whose spirit is
nodeceit.” Ps. 32:1-2
Jesus hurts with us (Mary and Martha, Lazarus’
death—”Jesus wept.”). He longs to comfort us
in our grief.
God will bring us to a place where we can
forgive, in His power.
God calls us to forgive because He forgave us.
Not forgiving is like eating poison and waiting
for the rat to die.
do not dwell
on the past.”
Gratitude is a skill that can be developed. Joy
comes from living with a grateful heart.
Am I holding onto something that I need to let
go of?What is God chiseling away in me? Am I
being obedient, or am I resisting?
With Him, ALL things are possible. Even
forgiving the worst betrayal imaginable.
“Then you will
truth, and the
truth will set
God conforms us to the image of His son, and
much of that comes through trials.
Later, we will be able to give hope to others
with the healing we have received from Jesus.
In God’s economy, our wounded places become