Betrayal is an extremely painful & confusing experience. The worst part is that it doesn’t come from strangers or acquaintances. It comes from those closest to you.
Betrayal takes many forms. Betrayal can mean being unfaithful to your partner or course, but it also can mean lying, hiding information that you need to know, prioritizing someone else over you when it should be the other way around or using or taking advantage of you. It even can mean defending someone who has wronged you instead of supporting you. Betrayal is incredibly painful,& no matter what form it takes, it can leave you feeling hurt & confused. That being said, you can heal from the pain of betrayal.
The most important step in healing from betrayal is to seek help from God. When it comes to betrayal, it can be easy to feel like no one can understand what you are going through. It is important to remember that God knows & understands every emotion that you are feeling. He will not judge you for feeling hurt & betrayed, & He will be there to listen & provide comfort when you need it. You can talk to God about your feelings, & He will provide you with the strength to cope with the betrayal.
It can also help to read God’s Word to receive comfort & guidance. His Word is full of stories of people who have gone through betrayal & have been able to find strength & solace in God. Reading these stories can help you to feel less alone & to understand that God is with you on this journey.
God is the ultimate healer & comforter, & He will be glad to help you to find the strength & courage to heal & to move forward. Pray & ask God to help you to forgive, to heal, & to find the peace & strength you need to move on when necessary.
When you’ve been betrayed, it’s important to take the time to recognize & process your emotions. It can be tempting to ignore your feelings or try to rush through them, but that is counter-productive. Instead, allow yourself to really sit with your emotions, whatever they may be. Don’t judge or criticize how you feel. Just accept how you’re feeling & give yourself whatever time you need to fully process your emotions. If you need to, write about your feelings in a journal, or talk to a trusted friend.
When it comes to processing your emotions, it also can be helpful to remember that it’s ok to be angry. Anger is a valid emotion & it’s ok to express it in a healthy way. It’s also ok to cry. Crying can help to release some of the built-up emotion & tension, & is incredibly healing.
Another important step in healing from betrayal is to re-evaluate the relationship with the person who has betrayed you. If someone has betrayed you, & then repeated that behavior even after knowing that it has hurt you or betrayed you in a different way, then it’s time to re-evaluate that relationship. This can be hard, especially if it’s a close family member or friend, but it’s important to remember that your own wellbeing should always come first. Always remember – someone who knowingly hurts you, especially repeatedly, doesn’t deserve your love & loyalty.
No matter what form betrayal has taken, it can be incredibly painful & confusing. But, with God’s help & by taking the time to recognize & process your emotions, you can heal & move forward.
2 responses to “Betrayal Is More Than Infidelity”
Cynthia, the first two paragraphs say it all. I am reminded of Cat Stevens lyric sung by Rod Stewart; “the first cut is the deepest.” Keith
That is so true. Betrayal is such a horrible thing to experience.