Have you ever had to endure false accusation? Perhaps someone accused you of saying, thinking or doing something that was completely opposite of what you intended, and then “intense fellowship” followed. Or maybe someone spread a false, unkind rumor about you. If you have been falsely accused, you know that it can be frustrating and cause you to lose your peace (and perhaps your religion) if you’re not careful. However, if we maintain the right perspective, we can keep Satan from getting the victory.
First of all, to overcome false accusation, you must be aware of its origin: Satan. He is “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10). Second, Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Therefore, we understand that Satan is the one channeling through people to accuse us. Why? Because he knows that it’s a relationship killer. Furthermore, false accusation is a reputation killer. However, if you can maintain your righteousness, peace, and joy in spite of his onslaughts through people (especially those closest to us), then victory will be yours.
I began to ponder on how Jesus handled accusation. When you get in a situation where the spirit of accusation is going forth, ask yourself, WWJD? Or ”What Would Jesus Do?” On several occasions before He was crucified, He was accused falsely, and the Bible says, “Like a sheep led to the slaughter, he open not His mouth.” Therefore, when you are falsely accused, the best thing you can do is what Jesus did and keep silent.
You might lament, “But if I keep silent, I’ll get clobbered!” That’s exactly what the devil wants to deceive you into thinking. However, when you look at it from a spiritual perspective, there are several benefits to keeping silent when you are falsely accused:
- Silence is a demonstration of meekness. Dr. James Davis, Senior Pastor of Life Unlimited Empowerment Center states that “Meekness is demonstrated when you know you are right, and you let those who are wrong think what they want.” Be determined to develop the Christlike quality of meekness because the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).
- Silence employed when you want to lash out crucifies your flesh. Every time you encounter a situation where your flesh wants to rise up dominate your spirit, and you refuse to let that happen, that’s what I call a “flesh burner.” When you don’t give into the flesh, there is nothing left for it to do but die.
- Silence shows that you are submitting to Gods role as divine defender in your life. Deuteronomy 32:4 states, “The Lord is your defender.” Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgment shall be condemned.” You will never know God as defender if you are always defending yourself.
- Silence shows your level of spiritual maturity. Spiritually mature people are rooted and grounded in who they are in Christ. They understand that their sense of righteousness remains unaltered no matter what the devil throws at them. Refusing to defend yourself when you are falsely accused is a clear indication that you realize your righteousness is still intact regardless of what “they” say.
Therefore, when you are falsely accused, you must remember that God Is omniscient, He knows exactly what happened, and He can defend you better than you can defend yourself. Stop playing God by trying to come to your own defense. Hold your peace and let the Lord fight your battles (II Chronicles 20). Your best bet is to pray about it, let the Holy Spirit give them the revelation, and follow the Holy Spirit’s instructions to the letter. If what they say is not true, let them think whatever they want. They can’t stop God from blessing you anyway.
What are your thoughts about holding your peace when falsely accused? Please leave a comment below.
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