Matthew 5:12 —— “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The 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 the Lord of Glory so we should not be surprised when the world attacks those who follow him.
Some of these attacks will come against our faith. Sometimes our motives will be questioned. Sometimes our words will be twisted. Sometimes we will be ostracised 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.
How does a follower of Christ handle false accusations?
Joseph was accused of raping the wife of his master, Potiphar and he was thrown in jail. Moses was accused by the Israelites 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.
But God worked out their situations for the good of each one of them. God never wills for someone to falsely accuse another. But because He is God, He can take any situation and use it for His glory and the person’s benefit.
If you have been wrongly accused of something (or even if you feel sorely misunderstood), know that God knows. He not only knows; He has the power to make the truth known. Let Him fight this battle for you. Let Him expose the finger-pointers. No amount of convincing, arguing or cajoling another party to believe you can do the work that simple prayer can do.
Yes, we should be responsible enough to try to clear the air. After that, the battle is the Lord’s. When we are falsely accused of a wrong, it is a very isolating feeling. It is easy for us, in our finite minds, to assume that no one understands us and that no one will go to bat for us.
But, we have the ultimate Advocate in Jesus Christ. He not only understands—He has experienced the injustices of living as a human being and the imperfections of a fallen world.
Remember that Romans 8:28 is always in effect: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Take comfort, and take refuge!
NO MATTER HOW STRONG YOUR PAIN IS, GOD’S LOVE IS STRONGER.