Nov 12 2017

Ever Been Falsely Accused?

Jesus said, “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.’” (Jn 15:20)

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt 5:10-12)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. (1 Peter 12-16)

Have you aver been falsely accused of doing something wrong or criminal that you did not do? It is very hard to deal with, especially if you don’t know Jesus.

In the Bible verses above we are given the way to handle an accusation like that. If you are doing what is right and are accused of doing wrong, Jesus knows what that is about. He was falsely accused of blasphemy by the religious leaders of His time. They did not believe that He is the Son of God and had to deal with all of His miracles and His teachings that made them look like the hypocrites that they actually were.  So, they carried out their plan to have Him killed. You know the end of the story.

In the passages above, Jesus tells us that we will be persecuted if we are his disciples. That persecution almost always has to be in the form of a false accusation, in other words, in the form of lies.

When this occurs, trust in God for two things.  The first is to believe that He knows what is going on and He is with you through it. This is hard, because you want to attack in return, but that won’t solve the problem.  The second thing is that He knows what it is like to be falsely accused and He knows how to help you with it. He will give you what to do and say for your defense.  There will be one of two results. Either God will set you free from it rather quickly or He will be with you through it to help you deal with it.

The last thing to do is to remember the promise which says, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Jesus is the all just Savior.  He will make it right and reward you in the process, no matter what happens here on earth.

I have been through several of these.  They have not been easy, but God has been faithful through each one of them.  His word was fulfilled in each instance. Trust in God and follow the lead of Jesus in your situation.  He will bring you through and you will be full of His joy at the end of it all.

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