Betraying God with Affection (Luke 22:48)

...but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Luke 22:48 (ESV)

How could Judas do this to his Master? I would never betray my God with an act of affection. Never! I would even protest that someone would dare to level such a charge against me. And yet, I know there are many other ways that I do betray and dishonor God, doing things for His name’s sake but in reality, done from purely selfish motives.

How many times have I participated in activities of the Church but my heart was distant and far away and more focused upon completing the task rather than seeking to encourage and build the faith of my fellow believers? How many times have I participated as a musician in worship but I was more focused upon the technicalities of the music rather than focusing upon helping to lead the congregation into the proper attitude of worship?

Sadly, far too often. I participate in these activities with a smile on my face, keeping my true feelings hidden from view. I feign affection for God when I am seeking fulfilment of my desires.  I am betraying my God with a kiss.  I think that my external behavior will mask the turmoil in my heart. But God sees my heart and I need to be honest before Him.

I must continually come before Him and confess my sins and accept His forgiveness. I will continue to fall and betray Him but thanks be to God for His mercy and grace. He saved me when I did not deserve it, earn it, or even desire it. And by accepting Him as my Lord and Savior, He promises to have His Holy Spirit indwell within my heart, to change and conform me to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.