No one likes to be accused. So when we are accused, we must tell our side of the story. We must defend ourselves. We stop what we are doing and we prepare our defense. We find scriptures and supporting articles as we make our case. Then we tell others our side of the story to convince them we are right. They will serve as jurors in this case of public opinion. When all else fails, we discredit our accuser.
Sound familiar? I have done this more times than I care to admit.
Can I tell you a secret? The typical response to accusations is just what the enemy wants. Think about it. What is the first thing you do when you are accused? STOP what you were doing and begin to prepare your case. Satan’s goal was to get you to STOP.
Jesus is our example when we face accusations. Jesus never denied the accusations. He continued to say what he had said all along. He reminded the people of who He was.
Even while being accused Jesus:
Reconciled Pilate and Herod.
Took the place of the sinner, Barrabbus,
Made arrangements for His mom,
Saved the sinner next to Him,
Forgave the world.
He did not STOP being the Messiah to defend himself against accusations.
My editor disagrees with some of my conclusions. My first response was to list all of the scripture that supports my view. My next thought was to discredit him. But as I read the story of Jesus, I will do what Jesus did. I will simply continue to state what God has put on my heart. I don’t have time to STOP and make a case. The enemy would love that.
So Friends, if someone disagrees with you or someone accuses you, don’t STOP and defend yourself. Keep doing what God called you to do. Keep saying what God called you to say. That is the best defense against accusations. That is what Jesus did. That is what I’m going to do.
“Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.”
LUKE 23:8-10 NASB