What do we do when a classmate says that we spread gossip about her or that we lied to a teacher when, clearly, we didn’t? It’s easy to get indignant in that type of situation, right?
I know I would be one to rattle off the reasons she’s so obviously wrong, without blinking an eye, and I probably wouldn’t stop there. I would let my anger carry me away to a place that I don’t need to be in.
However, even in this, Jesus left an example for us.
Throughout his entire time on earth, he was foolishly accused of doing wrong, but never once did he sin. Instead of lashing out, he let his righteous life speak for him. He followed God’s will and kept himself from letting anger control him, even to the point of dying on the cross. Pretty awesome, right?
1 Peter 2:15-16 tells us: “It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil” (NLT).
That means that we can’t go around acting meanly because we are angry at someone for falsely accusing us. Let our peaceful actions and loving behavior towards those who do us wrong make us stand out amongst our peers. After all, actions do speak louder than words.
Proverbs 21:23 says: “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble” (NLT).
If we let our anger control us, we are far more likely to say foolish things that we might regret later. Instead, let’s turn our eyes to God, and focus on how we can react like Jesus would. Let those who wrongly accuse us be admonished simply by seeing our Christ-like lives.
After all, God is the judge, and we are not. Let’s not try to take God’s job into our own hands.
We are the light of the world, a city on a hilltop. Let’s act like it, starting with how we react to those who wrong us.