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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman



Betrayal by Brothers

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:10-12
Love will grow cold even among Christians. Brothers, or former brothers, who themselves have fallen and abandoned Jesus, will, out of the bitterness caused by backsliding and jealousy, betray their brothers, just like Judas betrayed his Master. Perhaps this betrayal among brethren is the most unpleasant of all. We can understand that the world hates and clamors or that strangers, or even the religious, attack us. But when formerly warm and caring individuals, who used to love and follow Jesus, try to hide their backslidden condition by betraying those they previously had fellowship with, it is devastating.

Lawlessness will abound, even in the Church. People will take the law in their own hands and do as they please. Man will make his own laws and be his own master. This spirit is already active and working to spread out even further. People willingly listen to a sermon and want to be blessed or touched by God, but they refuse to obey Him. When a brother lovingly corrects us, we become angry and want to retaliate.

This desire to get even, to harm those we believe have hurt us, is the very spirit that brings on betrayal. Perhaps this is the most tragic of all sins. But even for this, there is forgiveness. There was no hate or bitterness in Jesus’ eyes when Judas kissed Him. For hate knows how to kiss. Even for Judas there was forgiveness, but he rejected it. Even for those who in the future will betray and harm their brothers there is forgiveness. May they receive it!


Lord, guard me from backsliding and from becoming hard-hearted. Protect me from the hatred that seeks to tear down and destroy. Let love flourish in these end times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.