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Topic: Betrayal (02/16/04)

TITLE: Betrayal
By Jill Barlow
02/22/04

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When I see or hear this word, one of the first people I think of is Judas. He betrayed Jesus and turned Him in to the Roman Government and the Pharisees. This was someone that Jesus trusted and loved. Because of Judas betrayal, Jesus died. However, I do realize this was God's plan, and it had to take place this way. But nonetheless, Judas' betrayed Jesus for money.

Betraying means turning your back on someone. Usually this is someone you know and have had close contact with. They begin a relationship, gain the trust of the person, lie about things to them, then leave them in the dark.

Sometimes the betrayer is a close friend, family member, spouse, or business partner. Other possiblities are people you see regularly but don't know very well. For example a co-worker who knows you are up for a position, but does everything they can to get the promotion.

Being betrayed is the ultimate heart break. You thought you knew the person, or trusted them in some way, and the next thing you know, they have pulled the rug out from under you. It's not an easy thing to go through.

I believe in being honest at all costs. I would rather make someone angry, let them get over it, and then move on. Instead of betraying them, lying, or trying to cover something up and letting it come out in the open later. That hurts just as bad, if not worse to find out later that you've been lied to.

Betrayal is not a good thing. It's my hope that you are never betrayed, and you think twice before you do it to someone. Trust is very important in any relationship. Without trust, you don't have much. Stand up for your beliefs and be honest like Jesus was. He should be who we are patterning our lives after.


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Donna Anderson02/23/04
AMEN! :)
Dave Wagner02/24/04
Straight-forward and teeming with simple truths. Worth reading.

Personally, I don't think Judas is as cut-and-dry as people present him. I don't think he 'just betrayed Jesus for money." Yeah, he betrayed Him, and yeah, he received money for it, but I think there were far deeper issues involved in the betrayal than greed. I'll leave it at that.

Funny you should mention being honest at all costs, to avoid lying, and thus betraying people by being dishonest. That ministered to be, because I've been wrestling with my approach to commenting on the posts I have been reading. I don't want to hurt anyone or discourage anyone, I'm just trying to be honest and offer suggestions and/or praise, when necessary. Or take a side issue with a content element. I'm new to this community, and don't really know what the status quo is...I guess I should have waited and discovered it before launching out and making comments on everyone's work. I don't see too much commentary on the postings, which I feel is kind of a shame. People put the time in writing, the least I can do is acknowledge it...but I should save this conversation for the forum, my apologies.
L.M. Lee02/26/04
never thought of being "untruthful" with a friend as a betrayal...
Jill Barlow02/26/04
Thanks for your inputs. I agree, Judas betraying Jesus wasn't just about money. It's was all part of God's plan, and it had to happen that way. I am a firm believer that the truth is the best thing, in any situation.