Five minutes of negative media comments make you depressed. What gets into your mind? Remember you control the door. Do you know when to shut it?
Judas had lots of chances to make the right choice, but he loved money. He missed or ignored all the nudging from Jesus.
“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. (John 12:5-6)
That is when one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the high priests and said, “What will you give me if I hand him over to you?” They settled on thirty silver pieces. He began looking for just the right moment to hand him over. (Matthew 26:14-16)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)
That’s when Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot. Leaving the others, he conferred with the high priests about how he might betray Jesus to them. They couldn’t believe their good luck and agreed to pay him well. He gave them his word and started looking for a way to betray Jesus, but out of sight of the crowd. (Luke 22:3-6)
The hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table. (Luke 22:21)
Oh, friends, the slippery slope of sin.