by: Lynn Passet
Have you ever been accused of something that you didn't do? How did that make you feel? Later, when it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were innocent, did you still feel like others thought you were guilty? Did the unproven and untrue accusation damage your reputation?
That kind of experience vividly shows us the dangerous power of a lie or a false accusation. Normally, when that lie or accusation is about us, the first thing we are tempted to do is strike back and make sure that the person hurting us gets hurt too. However in the long run, doing something like that only ends up damaging our own credibility and what does it accomplish?
Anger, bitterness and revenge only end up hurting us in the long run. Whenever a situation like this occurs we need to take it to God and let him sort things out. Ask God to forgive you for your anger and to help you get rid of it and help you to forgive the person that hurt you.
Remember, Jesus himself was wrongly accused of sin. Rather striking back at his accusers, He willingly went to the cross so that we all could be forgiven of our sins -- including those sins that were committed in anger.
Ephesians 4:32 tells us "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
So, remember these words from Proverbs the next time you are feeling a bit hot under the collar. "A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. (Proverbs 15:18)
Let's all try harder to be more like Christ by showing forgiveness and not allowing our tempers to take control of a situation.