| Over the course of seven weeks I ministered a series of messages revolving around relationships. The ministry sessions were challenging, revealing, and life changing.
As I ministered, I could see the expression from those that would laugh from the summit of personal introspection, and cry at the pinnacle of revelation. One of those sessions included "Building Healthy Relationships," and another, "The Ten laws of Boundaries."
I closed out the series on Easter Sunday, sharing the importance of faithfulness in the boundaries of relationships. I used for an example the trauma of an unfaithful wife, by extracting from the tragic and restoring story of another weeping prophet, Hosea.
If you are a serious studier of the Word of God, you know that the narrative of Hosea and Gomar can open up a premise of understanding and revelation that is unprecedented. Whether you are talking about relationships in the confines of marriage, God and Israel, or Christ and the Church, the story of Hosea and Gomar is a moving story of Love gone wrong and found again. Keep in mind; this is not the common Easter Sunday message.
In-fact, I was challenged concerning ministering such a word on this particular day, when most churches experience significant attendance, particularly from those that are C.M.E. attendees (Christmas, Mother's Day, and Easter). Yet, I had to deliver the email from heaven to those that would be present to receive. Most times after I minister, I am drained, tired, and ready to go to bed. Although the same was true for Easter Sunday morning, I realized the sermon I ministered brought on a personal epiphany that was quite intense.
Over the years I have encountered relationships, church-ships, and employment-ships that I assumed were trustworthy, honest, and dependable.
The time spent, joy, fun, and beauty of those relationships seemed to be endless.
The covenant agreement of trust, that I believed was the bond of agreement, caused me to be comfortable enough to reveal my inner most secrets, failures, hopes, and dreams. Even with those, for a season, that shared with me the common bond of carnality and sin; it never occurred to me that those that sin with you, can ultimately sin against you.
The issue we are taking about today is betrayal…….
What is betrayal? It is disloyalty and unfaithfulness to a person. It is duplicity within in the bonds of perceived friendship that mask its true intentions.
The beauty of healthy relationships is a blessing from God. Your marriage, children, extended family, and friends are a blessing from God, but who can stand against Betrayal rooted in Envy.
The level of betrayal in relationships today is on an unbelievable scale, and unfortunately, where there is no trust, there is no Love.
There have been times in my life that those closets to me have caused the most harm.
King David declared, for it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company (Psalms 55:13).
Any type of betrayal is internally painful, but those betrayals in the House of God seem to carry an extra itch that is too deep to scratch. However, considering we are in a fallen world, anybody is capable of doing anything. Have I made mistakes? sure, but there is a difference between a mistake and malicious intent.
In the third chapter of Hosea, God gives instruction to go and Love his estranged wife again. What!!! After betrayal, humiliation, deceit, and unfaithfulness, go back and love again? When someone has hurt, betrayed, and shunned you, the initial pain can be unbearable. Yet, I have discovered, with the strength of the Lord, you can Love again. This is the epitome of forgiveness. For those that have experienced any form of betrayal that snatched the core of your heart, I would like to speak life to your spirit. In the name of Jesus, I speak to your heart passion, mind, and soul.
Open your heart! Go and Love again! You are alive…….
Pastor James Henry Taylor