When You Are Unjustly Criticized …

Sometimes we do the best that we can, seeking to walk in integrity and humility of heart, trying our utmost to stay conformed to the likeness of Jesus, and yet something goes wrong.  Another believer chooses to see our motives as evil when they are not, begins to go on the attack, brings up a nasty report against us, and, unfortunately, the criticism is believed by those who ought to know us better than that.

Most of us encounter such trouble at some time or other.  Maybe you are currently going through it.  Today, I simply want to give you some Scripture verses to comfort and help you through:

In the time when I am afraid, I will trust in You.  In God I will praise His Word; in God I have put my trust.  I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
      — Psalm 56:3, 4

In God I have put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
      — Psalm 56:11

I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy.  You have set my feet in a large room.  [That “large room” is the place of His grace.]
      — Psalm 31:7, 8

You shall hide them in the secret of Your presence from the pride of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.  [Staying in His presence keeps us in the secret place of His grace and protection, where we can live above the “stuff.”]
      — Psalm 31:20

No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me, says the LORD.
     
Isaiah 54:17

Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  And He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.
      — Psalm 37:5, 6

I called upon the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do unto me? The LORD takes my part with those who help me ….
      — Psalm 118:6, 7

Remember that God sees it all, and He knows how to deal with it.  He will either eventually set the record straight, or else bring you into greater  humility and Christ-likeness through the experience.  Although it is never easy to endure being treated unjustly, if we will refrain from lashing back and will continue to keep our hand in His, over time, our real character will be revealed to all.

For this is the will of God, that with well-doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
     
1 Peter 2:15

[For Jesus Himself] when He was reviled, did not revile in return. When He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him [the Father] Who judges righteously.
      — 1 Peter 2:23

In the meantime, we can help ourselves and the person who is treating us badly by responding as Jesus and Peter directed:

… Pray for them which despitefully use you …. — Matthew 5:44

Finally, be all of one mind, having compassion one of another. Love as brethren. Be pitiful and courteous, not repaying evil for evil, or railing for railing, but on the contrary, blessing — knowing that you are called thereunto, so that you will inherit a blessing.
      — 1 Peter 3:8, 9

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