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Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Et TU, Brute?"

A Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his murder by stabbing.

On March 15 44 BC, Caesar was attacked by a group of senators, including Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar's close friend. Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he supposedly spoke those words and resigned himself to his fate.

Betrayal takes many forms, a well known case was Judas’ betrayal of Christ and the act of betrayal was completed by his kissing Christ in the garden.

Peter’s betrayal was when he denied being a follower of Christ three times and then lit in to cursing fisherman style.

From this time many of his disciples turned back, and no longer followed Jesus. As Christ’s words made more demands on his followers some turned back. It was cool as long as He was doing miracles but they weren’t into demands upon themselves.

Betrayal in marriage is devastating for all parties involved, hardly anyone escapes unscathed. If kids are involved they bear emotional scars for the rest of their lives.

We can betray friends, fellow workers, and those we are acquainted with - - and in politics, those of other nations.

Part of the flap about WikiLeaks is that persons in Washington have been shown to be deceivers, their sin has found them out.

Someone said “forgive and forget.” They were an altruist or just a plain moron, because that isn’t the way the brain works. Once an issue is implanted in the brain it stays there unless there is brain damage involved.

He should have said forgive and move on. Here are some interesting quotes;

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner was you." ~ Lewis B. Smedes

"Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over."

"A heart filled with anger has no room for love."

"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself." ~ Harriet Nelson

"We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive; but the very fact we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing practice." ~ Louise Hay

"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." ~ Josh Billings

Betrayal is something we all will face if we live long enough. We can’t avoid it, but the way we deal with it, makes all the difference in the world.

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