A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you.” John 13:34.
In life we will come across some people we trust that might betray us. How do we deal with those relationships? Our Lord answered that question in the Upper Room the night before he died. Supper was over. The Last Supper. Judas had run from the room, outed by the Savior whom he would soon betray. The disciples raised their confused gazes to meet Jesus’ eye. In his eyes they saw no disgust, no hatred. Only compassion and love.
Love? Love for the betrayer, Judas. This brings me to: How can we, who have been bruised and broken, disgraced and even ruined by the thoughtless, deliberate words and actions of others, still love like Jesus loves?
Perhaps a good place to begin, is to consider Jesus’ everlasting love for us. Without hesitation He loves us completely. That love is the source of all love.
Often times it might not be a Judas. We ourselves might be the reason we can’t forgive. We are quick to blame others for our action or downfall. Instead of blaming others or even getting upset with a someone like Judas, open your heart to forgive.
How can you be Christ-like and pray for others? In order to do that, we have to put all those bitter, ill feelings to the side. Instead of talking about your brother or sister, ask our Lord to forgive them, bless them and even prosper them. Also ask Him to work in you.
Years ago, I had to ask God to forgive me to remove the bitterness I had buried deep inside. I wasn’t able to forgive this person. I wasn’t able to love, or trust. It all changed with praying, crying, getting angry all over again. One day I realized the only way change was going to happen—forgiveness had to be in order. To make this story short, I forgave that person, we remained friends until he died. Life is short; forgive your Judas.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44
How can you be Christ like if you haven’t forgiven that Judas in your life?