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We tend to make things a whole lot more difficult than they need to be. We mull over things that happen, obsess over the details and contemplate what our response will be. It can be so consuming that we completely lose sight of the truth.

Even in the most difficult situations we can look to the simplicity of Jesus. That doesn’t disregard or make light of our pain, but it does serve as a reminder that someone greater is in control. It also doesn’t mean that the road to arrive at that simplicity is an easy one. No, the answer is simple, but the road is heavy. That is why few are able to grab hold of it.

A betrayal by someone we trust is one of the most painful things a person can experience. It’s because someone we love and confide in, made promises and commitments with, is the last person we would expect to turn around and hurt us.

So what is this simplicity when we encounter betrayal? Look to Jesus. Look to His example. Fall before Him and give Him your hurt and frustration. Seek Him, pray and forgive.

The simple answer is Jesus, but it is hard to deny our fleshly will to reach Him when we have been wronged. When we’re hurt, we want revenge with the cry of our pain as our justification. But Jesus instead teaches us to love and forgive anyway. It’s not easy, not at all. But He understands betrayal—He lived through it—and He knows what it is to enter into God’s peace through it all and let Him have His way.

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

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