Tuesday, August 11, 2009

On Being Falsely Accused

As I've been afflicted with writer's block for an extended period of time I've gone fishing in the Pilgrim Scribblings' archive pool and felt that the following post was worth repeating. I trust that it will be a blessing to you.

Here it is:

Several years ago I was falsely accused and when my accuser was asked to name the crime, he wouldn't be specific. Naturally I was surprised, shocked, stunned, saddened and sickened by the incident. For the next few weeks I went over the details of that conversation in my mind time and time again.

Shorty after that accusation was made I picked up an excellent book by Lloyd Ogilvie, Chaplain to the U. S. Senate, entitled "Facing the Future Without Fear". Ogilvie lists a dozen prescriptions for overcoming fear.

Prescription # 7 was meant just for me. "You are secure in God's love. Do not surrender your self-worth to the opinions and judgments of others. When you are rejected, do not retaliate; when you are hurt, allow God to heal you. And knowing the pain or rejection, seek to love those who suffer from its anguish". The writer goes on to say, "Unjust criticism or hostile rejection nearly always says more about the one doing the rejecting than about those who are rejected. In the light of God, we can see the real power at work behind people's hostile words and actions. The King of our lives knows! If we are to blame, it cannot be hidden from Him. And when we are unjustly criticized or condemned, He understands. If the hurt has been caused by distorted attitudes in those who have rejected us, Christ gives us the strength to forgive them."

Perhaps you, too, have been attacked, criticized or falsely accused recently. Your immediate reaction may have been to get even with the accuser. Why not let God deal with it. Rest in the knowledge that God knows your heart. He will vindicate you.

For we know Him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay." (Hebrews 10:30) He will give His peace in the midst of the storm. "For He Himself is our peace." (Ephesians 2:14)


  1. "Even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything." 1 John 3:20

  2. I've had a bit of writer's block also......but wanted to stop over and say hello....

    good post here....I've done some things in the past to get even with people...when if I had just waited, God would have dealt with them...thankfully, God's grace sustains me.......

    pray you and your family are well...


  3. I bet celebrities feel like that sometimes because they are often misrepresented in the media and then attacked in the comments under the article. Its all so cruel. One must know Peace by being secure in Gods love and what he thinks and knows is all that matters.

  4. i'm sorry you have writer's block ... i have some too ... it seems it's been ongoing for all of this year! ...

    blessings on your weekend!