‘The Truth Shall Set You Free’
by Emanuel County Live | December 15, 2004 12:00 am
Have you ever been misunderstood? Have you ever had someone think you were out to take advantage of them when you weren’t? Have you ever had your doings misinterpreted? When these sort of things happen, if you’re like me – you feel bad.
This past week I received a letter in the mail that was untrue, unfair, and rude. It was obvious the person writing the letter did not know my husband, myself, or our ministry. They did not know my conviction about truth and honesty and that was very evident in the letter.
My first reaction was to call that person and set the whole thing straight (in a nice way of course). But – like Murphy’s law – there was no one there to answer the phone. So – I did the next best thing and wrote a letter aimed at straightening out the whole thing. That done, I made the decision to let it go and not bother with it again.
The thing is – what do you do when you are misunderstood? What do you do when people misquote you, misrepresent you, or are unfair and rude?
The first thing to do is to ask yourself, what would Jesus do if He were in my circumstance?
When Jesus was being accused – He did not argue. He merely stated the truth and let it go. See John 18:28-40. Later on we see that He forgave those people who came against Him and even crucified Him.
So – following His example – we should set the record straight by telling the truth, forgiving those who lied against us, and then LET IT GO!
My next question packs home an even greater punch. Are you a false accuser yourself? Why should you risk God’s wrath by falsely accusing someone else? What good does it really do anyway? AND why risk the punishment of the law by falsely accusing someone else?
Look at I Peter 3:8-16. especially where it says,“ For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile”…………..“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”
Remember – always tell the truth, always live the truth, always believe the truth – for the truth shall set you free! AND who is the truth?
None other than our great Jehovah God!—
Rev. Donna L. Ashworth, is pastor of New Beulah United Methodist Church.
Rev. Donna Ashworth