Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Act of Betrayal in a Relationship

Wikipedia describes "Betrayal" thus

Betrayal (or backstabbing) is the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations.

There is an element of trust in every relationship; whether with your spouse, your friend, your colleague or your organisation.  It is very important that that trust is closely guarded and not misused.

When Trust is violated, it has its consequences. Often people take it so lightly, they do not know it is a serious crime. When a spouse betrays the trust of the other partner by committing fornication or  adultery, there is a consequence. When a friend goes around telling tales about his friend behind his back, there is a consequence. When an employee sells important information about his company to a competitor in exchange for cash or reward, there is a consequence. When an employee betrays his boss by spreading rumours, there is a consequence.

Consider Jesus and Judas Iscariot at the Last Supper recorded in Matthew 26, as from verse 20.

When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said,“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”


Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. Judas had been with Jesus' ministry  or organisation for quite some time and he was the treasurer for the disciples and was in charge of the money bag. (John 13:29). He was trusted else he would not have been appointed the treasurer. But because of 30 pieces of silver, he betrayed Jesus.

Jesus said in response to this act, "It would be better for him if he had not been born".

Betraying people or organisations is a serious crime and Christians should desist from this as it has its consequences. 

If you are involved in this, stop now. Change your ways.


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