Matthew 5:11- “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Have you ever been falsely accused? I can say that we all have at one point or another in our life. If you haven’t,KEEP LIVING! Life has a way of proving itself over and over again!!
As I journey through my days, many times, I hear stories from people who have been falsely accused in one way or another.
False accusations is nothing new. We know that false accusation is a part of life and it will at one point come to all of us. Our key concern about false accusation is, What do we do when we are unfairly accused?
Let me bring it a little closer to home. What do you do when we are unfairly accused by people we know and love and thought we could trust?
Yes, it is unfair to be falsely accused, but what about being falsely accused by people in your family circle, friend circle, your church, your work place, your neighborhood or even in your home. How does that feel? How does that set with you? What should be your response? Of course, because it is personal, the pain is much greater.
How does a Christian respond in that situation? Jesus tell us to rejoice. Not in the sense of being glad that you are suffering, but in the sense of resting in the Word of God and having peace in knowing that God will avenge you. God gives us a promise to rest upon in Romans 12:19 which we are exhorted to not take revenge, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. If you know that what has been launched against you is false, you can rest right there!! No need to take it any further, nor respond to it. It is from satan and not God, therefore, your response is not required in that situation, only God’s.
As Christians, we must use divine wisdom in dealing with our enemies. Wisdom that is only obtained through the Word of God!
That phrase “all kinds of evil” means that the followers of Jesus will endure insults, lies, ridicule and false accusations, and those attacks will come in many different ways. The world crucified Christ! We should not be surprised when the world attacks those who follow him.
We must understand this: Sometimes our motives will be questioned. Sometimes our words will be twisted. Sometimes we will be ostracized for our views. Sometimes we will be deliberately misquoted. Sometimes we will be the victims of a whispering campaign where we can’t even pin down the things said against us. The point to remember here is that these things will happen from time to time. It’s part of what it means to be a follower of Christ, therefore rejoice!! You already have the VICTORY through Christ!
1 Peter 4:12 gives us a way to help penetrate the sting of false accusation. We must expect to be falsely accused by the adversary because of Christ. Therefore, when it happens, we are told by God through Peter- Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. In other words, when you already know the devices of the enemy, you will know how to guard your heart. We must expect persecution as Christians. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! MUST JESUS BARE THE CROSS ALONE AND ALL THE WORLD GO FREE? NO, IT WON’T HAPPEN! conforming to the likeness of Christ is also conforming to His sufferings also.
You can’t control what people do to you or what they say about you, but we can control how we respond to their accusation. That is exactly what God wants us to work on, our response to other people’s actions against us. Many bible characters were falsely accused. Let’s look at the false accusations that were thrown against them.
Joseph: As a servant, he was accused of raping the wife of his master, Potiphar. He was thrown in jail. This was just one of many ways he suffered unjustly.
Moses: Although faithful, the Israelites accused him of bringing them out in the wilderness to die.
David: Proved himself to have courage and integrity, but was falsely accused by King Saul (who was insecure and jealous) of trying to dethrone him.
Job, in the midst of his loss, pain and suffering, was accused by his friends of sinning against God as the reason for his circumstances.
If you are familiar with the stories of these people, you know that God worked out their situations for good.
What if you are one of these people right now? Here are some things to remember to help you handle this type of adversity.
False accusation is nothing new! it always existed, it always will exist. The key is, we as believers must learn how to deal with it by “FAITH” through prayer and the study of God’s Word. God tells us in our text on today in Matthew 5:11 – Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. In other words, count it all joy!
God is working all things together for our good!
One thing about the truth. You do not have to prove it, It always prevails!!!
GOD BLESS AND DO TELL THE LORD THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACCUSER IS ALREADY DEFEATED!! CHRIST DEFEATED HIM OVER 2K YEARS AGO!
I love you all with the love of Christ.