Crushed by a Companion

Betrayal. It's a painful act. When you trust someone and consider them a friend and they turn on you, it's one of the most painful feelings. The closer we grow to someone the more it hurts. We allow them into our world, trust them with our deepest thoughts and dreams, and then they betray you.


All of us had those moments either as a kid, teenager, or adult. Some of us have been the betrayer as well. Hopefully, you have had time to reconcile those relationships and aren't still living in bitterness.


David had his share of friends and family who betrayed him. He had sons, generals, and others whom he held close who turned on him, tried to take his kingdom, and betrayed him to other rulers.


"If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it;

if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him.

But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,

with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship

as we walked with the throng at the house of God."

-Psalm 55:12-14


Can you hear his pain? I can see David choking back tears as he describes his "companion" and "close friend"who rose against him. The pain comes from the betrayal, but to me more from what was lost.


Today, if you have insulted or betrayed a friend and broke that relationship, take the time to mend it. Swallow your pride and ask for forgiveness, or really swallow your pride and offer forgiveness even if it is not being sought by that companion who betrayed you.


And let the healing being.


Doug

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