“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” Oswald Chambers
Have you ever had someone accuse you of something you did not do? Or misunderstand something you said or did? Maybe they even attempted to put what happened into words that were contrary to what you said or did.
How did it make you feel? Did it hurt you? Were you emotionally distraught? Who was this person? Were they Christians, a co-worker, a supervisor, perhaps even a family member?
I can handle others making false accusations but when a Christian accuses you of something you did not do, that hurts deeply. Why? Because I think like the world: Christians are loving and kind people, they are about serving and caring for others. I always held that view of Christians even before I became one. But now that I am one, I have discovered that some Christians still act in their old nature, sometimes less than expected, but their position before God is who they are, but their walk still needs improvement.
God expects that they will learn, grow and change, just like any parent, as they study and live out His word and that they would draw others instead of repel.
Expectations can be dashed, even with a boss. He doesn’t want to fire an employee who will not conform, come up, but sometimes he has no choice. Parents fall in that same category: no matter what they do to raise their children right they become drug addicts, break the law or just can’t seem to fit into society.
I asked myself when I found myself accused: “Why would this person think that way?” It bothered me: Lord, how could such lies come forth from one who shares the same faith? What is this all about?”
I examined my own actions, what I said from time to time, etc. It wasn’t my intent to send the wrong message. My heart was always in the right place. So then what was wrong?
I could have run away; run to the next church, or quit altogether, but I chose to search the Word of God for answers and guidance.
In this situation it was 1 Peter 3:8-16 that helped me to rebound; particularly verses 15 and 16:
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way.[a] Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”
Those words brought comfort to my heart. They confirmed that I was imitating what would please my Lord. My conscience was clear and there was nothing I needed to do on my part, except pray for restoration of this person, that we could talk out what was ailing them.
The good news is: God answered prayer. The fellowship was restored. Test comes even among the people of God. But there is always a choice as to who you will serve.
It is my prayer that we work on becoming better examples of Christ, let love, compassion and forgiveness rule in our hearts. If that person had grown such a hard heart that they refused to come to me, I would have gone to them.
Let me know what you think.
Keep the faith.
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