3/10: What to do About a Lie

 

There’s nothing you can do about a lie but let it try to stand beside the truth. The truth will always overshadow a lie and eventually crush it. When someone decides to believe a lie about you, there’s nothing you can do about that either except allow that person to believe what he wants to believe. If that person is someone close to you whom you care deeply about, until he decides to allow the truth to overshadow the lie in his heart, your relationship will be strained.

So what do you do in the meantime? Humbly examine yourself to be sure there is no basis for the accusation, then fix your eyes and heart on continuing to do what is right. Paul told Titus that those who believe in God “should be careful to maintain good works”

Titus 3:8 (NKJ). He also told Timothy, “…good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden” 1 Timothy 5:25 (NIV). Peter said, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” 1 Peter 2:12 (NIV).

It’s natural to feel like you want to fight back, like you want to justify yourself. But since you didn’t do anything to start the trouble, you won’t be able to do anything to stop it. If you are a child of God, God will handle what you cannot, and lies have no chance against His truth that lives in you.

Keep your heart tuned to God and even if it’s through tears, follow the tough admonition laid out in Romans 12:17-21:

  • Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV)

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~ by sanewriter on March 11, 2013.

2 Responses to “3/10: What to do About a Lie”

  1. I have had to practice this exact thing and you are right. There is nothing we can do about it. I esp liked how you said, stand beside the truth and humbly examine yourself to see if there is any truth in it. Such good solid advice based in God’s word.

  2. Lord Jesus, thank you for bridling my tongue.

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