Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? Someone you trusted and thought would never hurt you? Some of us may have even been betrayed by family. Forgiving the people who deceived you seems impossible. We may not know how to react or even how to cope with this disloyalty.
What does the Bible say about betrayal? We know Judas as one of the most infamous people in the Bible for betrayal. After all, he was the one whose treachery resulted in Jesus’s crucifixion.
Judas was not the only one to dishonor Jesus. Peter also surprisingly did the same when he said he did not know Jesus three different times. “61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly. “ Luke 22: 54-62.
Jesus forgave Peter just like he forgave all those other people who betrayed him. Can you imagine the ultimate forgiveness from our Savior? We cannot even fathom it! He was sent to die for people who did not deserve his mercy- he was betrayed by these same people. Yet, he has forgiven every single one of us.
When you struggle with forgiving just remember this verse: “14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. “Matthew 6: 14-15.