How do you respond when you’re falsely accused or mistreated? Do you respond with anger and bitterness, or with praise and humble trust? And does God have some specific instructions for how to overcome that kind of evil?
2 Chronicles 17 & 18
Have you been mistreated or falsely accused?
Falsely Accused & Praising God
What a great story! Here are Paul and Silas in great physical discomfort, mistreated, falsely accused and still praising God!
And as they did, God opened the prison doors with an earthquake. Fearing his prisoners had escaped the jailer prepared to commit suicide, but Paul and Silas cried out to stop him! Romans 2.4 says that it is the goodness of God which leads men to repentance. The goodness of God working through Paul and Silas led the jailer to repentance and he and his whole family were saved!
What if we’re mistreated or falsely accused? How should we respond?
We live in a fallen world and there will be times when we suffer. Sometimes we suffer as a result of our own sinful choices and sometimes because of the sins of others. Sometimes we complicate our unfair suffering by our sinful responses.
Other times we suffer because we are doing good and because of the light in us.
1 Peter 3.13-17:
13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
How should we respond to suffering or mistreatment? And how should we respond to the ordinary every day occurrences that come from living life with other sinners? Continue reading