Victim No Longer

Dear Betrayed,

Have you ever been victimized by betrayal?  We will face betrayal and misunderstanding from all quarters, within and without the faith community. To be betrayed is by definition to be a victim.  Jesus refuses to let us be victims for long. Jesus advises us to not worry for long about how we are going to defend ourselves (Luke 21:14). Christ goes on to promise that not a hair on our heads will perish and that by our endurance we will gain our souls (Luke 21:18-19).

Our identities are transformed by the presence and power of Christ.

      Once betrayed, now blessed.

      Once  a victim, now victorious.

      Once conquered, now conquerors.

      Once lost, now found.

      Once imprisoned, now set free.

      Once weak, now empowered.

With our new identities in Christ Jesus, we are now able to move beyond betrayal to be empowered agents of blessing to a world reeling from blows of betrayal and the sting of sin. We can be hunters of good will.

See all of Luke, Chapter 21 for further reflection.

Prayers: For unity and peace. For forgiveness of those who have betrayed us. For a repentant heart for those whom we have betrayed. And for Alice Nickoley as she celebrates her 99th birthday!

There is no greater pain than for a parent to observe the betrayal of a child. Your heavenly parent knows your wounds of betrayal and will not leave you victimized.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPrFlbitSro

 

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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