This past Sunday we began a brand new series at Revolution entitled – The Comeback Kid. In this series we are exploring some of the greatest comeback stories in the Bible. We began this weekend looking at the story of a guy named Joseph. We find his story in Genesis 37-50. It is quite a ride. You need to take a some time and read it. It is a powerful story of a guy coming back from betrayal.
As we dug into his story we learned that the only way back from betrayal is to learn to forgive those who have betrayed us. It’s tough to do that. To be honest, it’s tough to even think about doing that. However, if we don’t forgive those who have betrayed us we will forever be stuck in a place of bitterness, anger and never shake the feeling of being betrayed.
So, how do we do it?
As we looked at Genesis 50:15-21 we discovered three things we must do if we want to forgive those who have betrayed us.
#1 – STOP TRYING TO BE GOD.
We are not God. Not even close. We will never get the revenge we are seeking no matter how hard we try. We will never teach them a lesson no matter how creative we may be. Sure we may be able to hurt them and even give them a taste of their own medicine. However, only God can teach them the lesson they really need to learn.
If you have been hurt, I want to encourage you to not waste your life trying to even the score. Instead, spend your life getting to know the God who evens all scores. It will be a better use of your time.
#2 – SEE THE GOOD GOD BROUGHT FROM THE BETRAYAL.
This is probably the hardest thing to read. How can something good come from something that hurt so bad. That is a mystery, but God specializes in that stuff. He makes new stuff from broken pieces. It won’t happen over night, but as we look back – after some time – we will see that God will bring some great stuff from our worst moments.
How do we do that? How do we see the good in the wake of so much bad?
Here are four questions that you can ask yourself. They will help you begin to see the beauty that God is bringing from the ashes of your story. Here they are…
- What relationship do you have now that you didn’t have before the betrayal?
- What opportunities do you have now that were not present then?
- What have you learned about people and life that you didn’t know before?
- How have you learned to trust God?
I know it is hard to think that any good can come from your pain, but it can and it will. You simply have to trust God and look for it.
#3 – SPEAK KINDLY TO & PRAY FOR YOUR BETRAYER
I know that is a tall order. However, by doing this you accomplish two things. First, you change you heart of bitterness to that of compassion for a person who is just as broken as you are. This is how we get God’s heart for others. Second, when you pray for your enemy, you are learning what it is like to really live as God’s kid. It’s not an easy road, but it is the best and higher road.
As you seek to overcome betrayal, I want to encourage you today. Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. Keep pressing on. You will experience a comeback. You just have to keep pressing on and not give up short.
If you would like to hear the sermon from Sunday, you can find on our church’s website – here.