Has anyone ever been falsely accused? I have. And, I hate to admit, but have done so to others. But, the me that ever did so is gone, replaced by a new man. Unfortunately, I still get accused falsely. Now, I used to fight, argue, protest my innocence. But, I finally realized that there are a few things i need to remember: if I am really innocent, but the other is trying to persecute me for some reason and I try to argue my innocence it falls on deaf ears. They have decided that I am guilty. They may KNOW I am not, but still have the attitude that I am and treat me as I am, regardless of any information I try to provide. And, the second big thing is that those that TRULY KNOW ME, will know it isn’t true, they also may not admit it, but they know and not listening to the truth they know is a sin they will have to live with themselves. Finally piece, and the biggest one of all, is that if Jesus will not defend Himself against false accusations, knowing that even if He successfully did so, the Pharisees and high priests would have made stronger, louder, more aggressive accusations.
Christ left the decision on His own innocence to those that KNOW HIM. He suffered the pain, torture, punishment and execution that I, and the rest of us, deserved. WOW, what a gracious, loving God we serve.
11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
Now, I am not Christ, not by a long shot, but I am trying to live as He would have me, trying to be more Christ like. That being said, I have no reason to argue against false accusations. True accusations, I must admit and ask for forgiveness. But, if standing before false accusers, knowing they will not only persist in their attacks, but likely increase those attacks if I say I protest and swear my innocence. So, all I can say is, God knows the truth, I know the truth, and those that really know me, know the truth. And, the others, well, to be honest, their opinion is of no concern to me.
Lord, I thank You for the example of how to behave when falsely accused, that sometimes any answer will be taken as wrong and increase anger against one, such that no answer is sometimes the only one. I praise You for Your courage, sacrifice and mercy to save one such as me. I thank You for my salvation and forgiveness. I pray You speak to the hearts of loved ones that they see that You are their hope and salvation. That You have a plan and that they find your way for their lives.
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