by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Right now two people I care about are struggling with the betrayal of false accusations, lies, and venom which is being spewed towards them.
Being subject to such betrayal is nothing new in this world, but the worst part is the spewers are people these two have worshiped with and worked alongside for years to further God’s kingdom.
Like I’ve said before, Christians are the only army I know who intentionally shoot their own.
Jesus warned his disciples to expect persecution. After all, he was persecuted and betrayed. He warns us of the same. Whenever we work to advance the Kingdom of God, we can expect opposition. Satan will do everything in his power to stop us. He may even use people who sit in the church pew right beside us to accomplish his goals, if necessary.
Satan is crafty. He is a lion that prowls the streets looking for someone to devour. That’s why we need to be on our guard. We need to be vigilant. And when we are attacked for doing God’s work in this world, we need to realize those who attack us are merely pawns in the Great Deceiver’s hand. Lest we get puffed up — we can be used just as easily.
We need to keep our eyes on Jesus, the Sustainer of our faith. We need to guard our mouths and make sure we don’t lean toward the side of vengeance in our desire to set the record straight. We need to remember God is the One who’s opinion matters. Not those who choose to spread lies. We need to remember the truth of who God is, and who we are in his eyes.
What steps have you taken to move past the hurt of betrayal when you’ve been unjustly attacked?
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Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. John 15:20 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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Yes, Miss Sandy, as you said Satan is alive and well with the Christians you share the same pew with. My only defense to the accusations from fellow Christians, is to stay focused on the gospel all the time, which can be difficult at times when the ones that hurt you are the ones you worship with. We all need to remember that GOD is always in control, and He knows what you say, do, and think before you say it, do it or think it and He will deal with the situation in His own way and His own time. As Christians we need to stay focused on God and His plan for each of us.
Have a very blessed day, and thank you for Woven and Spun.
Amen, Pat. God is always in control of each and every situation, and our job is to stay focused on God and his plan for our lives. And pray for those who persecute us.