Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 26, 2013


Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Luke 22:6. So Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.

We tend to hold a lot against Judas.  We proudly say we would never betray our Lord yet we are guilty every day.  We do, think and say things that betray His love.  We don’t do, think or say things that reflect His love.  This is all sin and it is our sins that sent Him to the cross.  Judas and the religious leaders were just the conveyance.  Our question is as the Holy Spirit whispers to us don’t think, speak or do that or do think, speak or do this will we choose to listen and quickly acknowledge and obey?  Let us acknowledge the Judas in us and keep guard against it.

June 26, 2012


Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Luke 22:48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We all understand what it feels like to be betrayed. We’ve had friends turn their backs on us, gossip about us and tell lies about us. We’ve had family members who won’t speak to us even though they can’t remember why their mad. There are many ways and forms of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. He was betrayed by on of His select 12 disciples, a disciple who held the trusted position of treasure for their small group. Jesus knows how it feels to have a close, trusted friend betray you. Yet Jesus did not get mad at Judas. He questioned why he chose a kiss to betray Him but never did Jesus say anything harsh to Judas. Peter also betrayed Him, not just once but three times in a row. Jesus’ response is to ask if Peter loved Him and gives Peter a position of responsibility. Our question is how to we react when we are betrayed? Actually we should not react but should respond. Do we respond in love and compassion with forgiveness? Jesus knew God was using Judas to complete His ministry. If not Judas someone else would have been used. When we are betrayed there is always a lesson and growth in our relationship to God to gain. Next time we are betrayed let us look to God, forgive the betrayer and move on with God’s plan for our lives.

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