Words Hurt

“Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” 1 Peter 3:16-18
Everybody is falsely accused at some time.  Maybe it’s a bully at school, a sibling, or even a parent or teacher that doesn’t understand the entire situation.  Whether it is on purpose or a mistake, it always hurts when people portray you as something that you are not.  Because we live in a sin cursed world, we can expect this treatment throughout life.  The difference in a Christian is how they react to it.  First, we should have a reputation of doing right, and of not overreacting when we are falsely accused. Second, we ought to look to Christ as our example for accepting unjust suffering and using it for good.  God is in control, and you may be going through this for the purpose of glorifying God.  The world expects you to attack your enemy, but you’re not of the world.  Christ in you should be evident to the world around you.

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