I will never forget the time in my life that rumors were swirling around about why I had left the school where I was studying for the ministry and I was alienated from the friends I had before I left for the school.
I was walking through the valley of the shadow of death-literally. I was sick and dying and all kinds of rumors were swirling around about me and how God was punishing me. I had left the school not only because I was sick but also because I realized I could not affirm a few key doctrines of that denomination. So what to do with a guy like me? Perhaps vilify him?
Those issues have been addressed and healed over. I knew God was leading me to a new church, though at the time I thought it was to pray for the church while I was dying.
Being falsely represented and being accused is not something I would wish on anyone. We are human beings who mess up, sin, falter etc, but I would never wish that kind of experience on anyone.
Picture Jesus on the night he was arrested. There was a farce of a trial, A trial that was rigged before it began. He was falsely accused. He was abandoned by his friends. He knew what was ahead of him- torture and death on the cross. He could have stopped it, but he did not. Why? Because he loves us.
When we feel we have been falsely accused, misrepresented, or treated unfairly, we can look to Jesus. He endured much worse for us because of his love for us.
Today and tomorrow are reminders of how far Jesus went to love us unconditionally.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.