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THOUGHT for the DAY.

Byline: Rev Harry Ross

ONE OF the most difficult things to endure in life is betrayal. Of course, such betrayal is even more difficult to stomach when the betrayer has been a close friend or confidante.

The feeling of betrayal is nothing new. In Psalm 55, it says "It is not an enemy who betrays me, not an adversary who deals insolently with me but it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend." I am sure that those verses crossed the mind of Jesus at the Last Supper when He told His disciples that "the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table." Later, those disciples realised He was referring to Judas, a so-called confidante of Jesus.

Betrayal is a heinous crime but, before we condemn Judas and others, maybe we should look at our own betrayals. They may be the betrayal of a confidence or the going back on our loyalty and our promises to God and others. Whatever we might call them, they are betrayals. Remember that "if you love someone, you will be loyal no matter what the cost." The moral is, don't betray God or His word and don't make false promises to anyone.

Rev Harry Ross, Vicar of St Luke, Walton
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2008
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