Washington, DC is a beautiful city; everywhere you look there is another statue quietly posed on a marble base. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one common trait, each is engraved with information. We who are “created in the image of God”, are also engraved with vital information. Even those who never read the Ten Commandments are guided by them since Scripture declares: “The requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness”. Even the most violent cultures have rules about killing, lying and stealing. Even so, daily infusion of Scripture helps to engrave our hearts with the information we need for life. LORD, make me an engraved man. Display your truth so fully upon my life that I can never forget it and others may plainly see it.
Betrayal by people you care about hurts so deeply because you have to face the fact that they did not value you as much as you had expected. Humanly speaking, the way we love, and the way we wish others would love us is so selfish at its core that it is a constant setup for devastating disappointment. So how do we become betrayal proof? Let’s start with God’s promises, “I will NEVER leave or forsake you”, and “perfect love casts out fear”. So to be loved BY God and to love LIKE God is to become betrayal proof. The combination of having the right perspective and actions is our deliverance from disappointment; only perfect love can protect you. Loving Father, teach me Your ways. Purify both my receiving and giving of perfect love.