It is a painful form of persecution, perhaps the most painful non physical way to attacking others. Has it happened to you? Is it happening now? How can you deal with it? Today’s devotional will help. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Psalm 27:12 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
“Am I addressing anyone who is being slandered? Has somebody borne false witness against you? Well, be very thankful that it is false. I do not quite understand why it is so often said, ‘You see, it is such a downright falsehood, and that is what grieves me so.’ But, dear friend, it is much better that it should be false than true. If anyone brings an accusation against me, I shall be glad to find that it is false. Let not that be the sting of the trouble which really is the sweetness of it; be glad that they cannot say anything against you unless they speak falsely. However, if you expect to go to heaven without being slandered, you expect what you are not likely to get; for God himself was slandered in Paradise; our Lord Jesus, in whom was no fault, was slandered when he was upon the earth; his apostles and followers in all ages have had the same treatment; sad here is David saying, ‘False witnesses are risen up against me.’”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 275]