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How to Handle
False Accusations

(Chapter 28 of “BITTERNESS”)

Psalm 35:1, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that
strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”
A woman once went
to D.L. Moody and said, “Mr. Moody, I owe you an apology. I have gossiped about
you. I have lied about you. I want you to forgive me.”
In reply, Mr. Moody
said, “Follow me.”  He took her up
to the roof with him.  He had his
secretary bring him a pillow. While he was up on the roof, he took a knife and
cut the feather pillow, and then he shook it. The wind caught the feathers and
scattered them everywhere. He said, “Ma’am, when you pick up all those
feathers, then the damage with your tongue can be taken care of. Until you do
that, I can forgive you all day long, but the damage will never go away.”
One lady was
divorcing her husband and wanted full custody of the children.  She instructed them to lie and say that
their father had touched them in a wrong way.  The father was in serious trouble with the law and was
unable to see his children. After that happened, the lady was saved and
baptized. She weeps every day because she committed such a vengeful act.
Notice the first
phrase in this verse, “Plead my cause, O
  You can be taken to a
jury trial and be found guilty even though you are completely innocent.  However, the most important thing to be
worried about is whether God is pleased with you.  Are you right with God?  If you are right with God, it does not matter if you are
accused falsely.
I have never seen
such loose talk in my life as I have seen lately, especially due to the Internet and the anonymousness of such. By the way I believe that it is cowardess of the worst sort. So many people are hurt by
false accusations.  It is time for
people to start being honest. Some children lie so much that they could fool a
lie detector test. They lie at the drop of a hat and in some cases throw the hat for the opportunity.
How should you
handle the situation when a false accusation has been made against you?  You should think about making the following
resolutions so you will know what to do if you are falsely accused.

Act.  Do Not

Psalm 35:11 says, “False witnesses did rise up; they laid to
my charge things that I knew not.”
When you are falsely accused of something, you are in good company!
Jesus, also, was falsely accused. Even though He is the Son of God, they still
found him guilty. 
Verse 12 tells us, “They rewarded me evil for good to the
spoiling of my soul.”
Why was David falsely accused?  He was trying to do right, yet they
returned evil for good. Why? They wanted his soul. They wanted his spirit.  Hateful people want your soul and
spirit, too. If you are not careful, you will become as bitter as your accusers
are. Learn to “Act. Do not react.”
Verses 13 and 14
continue the saga.   13“But as for me, when they were sick, my
clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned
into mine own bosom.   14I behaved myself as though
he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth
for his mother.”
When David was falsely accused, he prayed.  He considered his accuser as a brother.
Instead of hitting him and cursing his accuser, David fell on his face and made
sure his relationship with God was right.  When lateral relationships are not right the first thing to do is check your vertical relationship with Christ for “…truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (I John 1:3)  The lateral is merely a reflection of our vertical relationship.
When you are
accused falsely, do not retaliate by accusing your accuser falsely. Never lie.
God will not bless a liar. David said his accusers were sick. He was not sick,
but he put on the clothing of sackcloth, the clothing that represented the
hearts of his accusers. He wore it so he could identify with them because they
were going to be judged by God. They were digging a pit they would fall into. His
heart went out to them.  He prayed
for them and treated them as if they were his brothers.  They had to face God for what they have done and said, not David.

Go to Church

Psalm 35:18 says, “I will give thanks in the great
congregation: I will praise thee among much people.”
  When it was time for church, David went
to church.  Even though he had been
falsely accused and was hurting he still went to church. 
He went to be with other people who wanted to do right, those who had
been born again, washed in the blood of the Lamb.
It does not matter
what problems you have in life; get out of bed, and go to church with the
people of God.  Listen to the
preaching of the Word of God.  Sing
the songs of God. The 70 years we have here on earth are nothing compared to
eternity with God. Do not worry as much about someone accusing you falsely as
you worry about being right with God.

At Church, Give Thanks and Praise God

David said he would
praise God and give Him thanks while he was at church.  When you are falsely accused, you can
sit and pout in a corner, or you can walk in with your head held high and say,
“Bless God!  I am a child of the
King.  Let “So-and-So” say what he
wants to say.  I refuse to drop my
head.  I belong to God Almighty,
and I am going to continue to serve Him.”

Leave it up to God to Intervene

Psalms 35:19-21
pleads,  19“Let not them that are mine enemies
wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me
without a cause.  20For they speak not peace:
but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.   21Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and
said, Aha, Aha, our eye hath seen it.”

David decided to
let God take care of those who accused him falsely. We are a God-fearing
people, and we believe in obeying the law.  If you do not obey the law, you should be punished. However,
when you are falsely accused, let God be the final Judge. You simply
concern yourself with doing right. We want to scrap while God wants to salvage.

Cheer on Other People

Psalms 35:27 says, “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that
favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be
magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
cheered other people, and they cheered him. You should cheer the other members
of the church. We have something to cheer about!  We are saved forever because we have trusted Christ as
Acts 16 tells us
the story of Paul and Silas in jail for preaching the Gospel. Verse 25 says, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and
sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
  They rejoiced in jail.  Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the
foundations of the prison, and the doors were opened. The prisoners’ bands were
loosened. God had seen the joy of His people, and He decided to deliver
Acts 16:27-30 tells
us of their astonishing victory!  
27“And the
keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors
open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the
prisoners had been fled.   
28But Paul cried
with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.   29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came
trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas.  30And
brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
This question was
only asked one time in the Bible. 
The answer was given in verse 31, “And
they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy
  Some people want to
depend on the Book of the Mormon. Others
want to depend on their baptism. Only one person has the power to save you from
going to Hell—Jesus Christ. If you have trusted Jesus to save your soul from Hell, it
really does not matter who accuses you falsely.  You are still on your way to Heaven.
Romans 2:1-3
cautions, 1“Therefore
thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou
judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest does the same
things.   2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according
to truth against them which commit such things.   3And
thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest
the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?”

If you are being
falsely accused, just remember, false accusers are usually guilty of the same
sin they are accusing someone else of doing.  If you falsely accused someone else, you are just telling
everyone what is on your mind and what you have done. You know the motive behind a person’s actions
because you know the motive behind your own actions. 
If you are falsely
accused, make sure you are saved. 
If you are saved, you have been saved from the worst punishment.  Second, make sure you are right with
God.  Then act; do not react.  Hold your head high because you are
saved and on your way to Heaven.  When you decide to “act” it will be spiritual, but when you automatically “react” it will 99% of the time be carnal. God is your final Judge, and He will always vindicate His children.

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