March 8, 2023 · 6:30 AM
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.
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April 12, 2016 · 6:30 AM
I read recently that 30-60% of all married couples are affected by infidelity at some point in their marriage. That is a staggering statistic! Infidelity is possibly the most painful thing a couple can go through, so why are so many people cheating?
I firmly believe one reason, possibly the main reason, is because when a couple is going through difficulties, it is easy to look at someone else & think they are so much better than that man or woman you’re married to. Temptation can easily become too much at that point. I admit, I fell into that trap myself before I was a Christian. Before I married my ex husband, I broke our engagement & told him I wanted to see other people. I did just that, but for a few months later we were married, I continued seeing one other man for several months until the guilt of what I was doing was too much for me to handle. I did this because I was unhappy with my ex husband from very early in our relationship. I had married my ex out of guilt (he was very manipulative & I was easily manipulated back then), not love, & was unhappy. The man I was seeing was much different than my ex. He was fun, kind & smart. He made me feel desirable, witty, smart & more. I had a hard time letting that go, especially when I compared him to my ex.
Another reason for infidelity is selfishness, often to the point of narcissism. So many people are only concerned with themselves, that they don’t even care that what they do may hurt other people, even to the point they will cheat on their spouse. You can identify these people easily- they are the ones that don’t want to quit their porn addiction because they claim that isn’t cheating. They fail to realize that Matthew 5:27-8 say otherwise (27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (NLT)). They also ignore the fact that their addiction is destroying their spouse.
How do you avoid this awful pitfall? By treating your spouse like the most important person in your world. Remind him constantly how proud you are of him, & mean it. Tell her often how beautiful she is, & mean that. Say please & thank you on a regular basis. Never take that wonderful person you married for granted, because there are no guarantees in life- your situation can change in an instant. Play together- whether it is video games, board games, ping pong or sports, have fun together & do it often. Arrange dates often, & spend time talking, without the TV, without your cell phones. Refuse to talk about the fact you don’t have the money to make the car payment or your son is failing algebra, & just talk about each other- your hopes & dreams, what you want from each other (& pledge to do it!). Most importantly, don’t forget to pray together. It is truly a bonding experience!
Marriage isn’t always easy. It’ll never be perfect either, but it can be a happy, comfortable safe haven with your best friend & lover. If you & your spouse decide to make it that way, & both of you work on it, then chances of infidelity destroying your marriage can virtually disappear.
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