Being falsely accused is no fun. Especially when we feel that we cannot prove our innocence.
I’ve been there. Can you relate?
All of us will at some time in our life face false accusation on some level. If this is something you are facing right now, may these Bible verses for trusting God when falsely accused assure you of God’s help and peace and strength as you face those unfair accusations.
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Trusting God When Falsely Accused
People often tend to think what they want to. And believe what they see or hear, without further investigation.
For instance, a few months ago, my daughter and I decided to go run some errands. As we were leaving our neighborhood, I glanced over at my neighbor’s house, because her garage door caught my attention. It had a huge dent in it at about the height of her car’s front grill. I know because her car was parked in front of it on the driveway.
Guess what the first thing I thought was?
“Oh, no! She must have run into her own garage door!
I mean her car is right there. The dent is the height to match her SUV. She is the only one who lives there. It had to be her. Right?”
Well…not necessarily. And I ought to know.
You see, our house has two garage doors. And when we first moved into our house, 11 years ago, my husband backed into my garage door!
And since we didn’t fix it, I’ve had the joy all these years of the neighbors watching me pull into the garage on the side with the big dent, while my husband bebops into his side with the perfectly good door, looking all innocent!
My neighbors all probably think, “There goes another one of those crazy women drivers. Her poor husband!” 😊
So, I knew better than to jump to conclusions about my sweet neighbor’s door.
That’s a silly example of how we care about what others think and how we are sometimes misjudged. But sometimes a false charge is more serious in nature. Innocent people have been sent to prison based on the testimony of a false witness. We all know the story of Joseph in the Bible.
One of the hardest kinds of evil to deal with is being falsely accused. Having others believe a false report about you can hurt tremendously. It is in those especially hard times that we must rely on the Word of God to help us guard our own hearts against anger and bitterness. And the desire to rise up in self defense.
Our righteous God is the righteous judge of all the earth. And His unfailing love will sustain us against the father of lies! Our Lord God will fight for His children!
We must simply trust, rest, and patiently wait for our deliverance. Like King David in the Old Testament.
David and His False Accusers
David knew what it was like to be falsely accused. And what it was like to live the life-altering results of those false accusations. King Saul believed David wanted his throne and relentlessly pursued him to kill him! But it wasn’t David who was trying to take the throne, but rather, God who would give David the throne. (1 Samuel 13:14)
Saul wasn’t the only false accuser David had to deal with, either. This week we read in Psalms 7 King David’s response and prayer to God after enduring the false accusations of Cush the Benjamite.
2 Samuel 16:5-14 gives the man’s name as Shimei. And tells the story of how this wicked man, Shimei, reviles David, hurling harsh words, cursing continuously, and throwing stones at him and those with him, as they flee Jerusalem upon David’s son, Absalom’s, rebellion and coup against his father’s reign over Israel.
As a distant relative of King Saul, Shimei believes David deserves what he’s getting for displacing Saul from being king. And for being a bloodthirsty man.
The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.2 Samuel 16:8
But what Shimei thinks of David isn’t true at all. And David responds with great dignity and grace. Trusting in his God who knows the truth of David’s good works toward Saul.
It’s ironic that Shimei believed David to be a bloodthirsty man, and yet we read in the next verses that David actually saves his life when Abishai wants to take revenge against Shimei!
Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.2 Samuel 16:9,11
Shimei believed what he wanted to believe about David, because the truth was that David had been gracious and merciful to Saul and his family. And it wasn’t David who took the kingdom from Saul, but rather it was Saul’s own doing that cost him the throne. And God who deposed him!
But again, people will so often believe what they want to.
Have you ever had someone think less of you? Either because you disagreed with their stand on an issue, or because you were being falsely accused of something?
It’s not fun to not be thought well of. Rather, it is extremely frustrating and hurtful.
But if we’ve not done anything wrong, and our opinion is based in the truth of God’s Word, then we need to care more for what God thinks of us, and what the truth is, than what others think of us.
And knowing that the eyes of God see all, respond as David did.
How to Respond Well When Falsely Accused
David’s Response to False Accusation?
David, by the power of the Holy Spirit within him, was able to respond with kindness. And so, can we, by…
- Turning to and seeking God in prayer, rather than retaliating in kind. Psalms 7:1
- Having faith in God to deliver us. Psalms 7:1
- Asking God to show us if there is any fault on our part in the situation. Psalms 7:3-5
- Being willing to acknowledge any fault and accept any deserved judgement. Psalms 7:5
- Trusting God to be Judge and to judge righteously. Psalms 7:8-9
- Trusting God to be our defense, instead of rising up in self-defense. Psalms 7:10
- Praising God in the midst of the hurt. Psalms 7:17
David knew the hand of God was in control in every circumstance. He didn’t need to fight and shut Shimei up. God would. Psalms 7:16
David could praise God because he had taken his cause to the Lord. And in faith, left it there!
David had the strength to not respond in kind, but rather, in kind-ness, by resting in the faithful and righteous judgment of God.
And so can we! Even though, it often is incredibly hard.
When others falsely accuse us and slander our good name, we can choose to step back and respond with kindness, resting in our Saviour Jesus Christ to be Judge between right and wrong.
Bible Verses for Trusting God When Falsely Accused
Trusting God when falsely accused is possible when we remind ourselves of His faithfulness to fight for His own. Our heavenly Father has a good purpose in all He allows in our lives. We can always trust Him and His love for us, no matter what others say or do!
These Psalms and other Bible verses about false accusations will help us do just that.
…reminds us that God hears our weeping. He sees our heartache and tears.
…the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.Psalms 6:8b KJV
…reminds us to leave our defense in God’s hand instead of rising up in self-defense.
My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.Psalms 7:10 KJV
…reminds us to praise the Lord at all times, even the most trying times!
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!Psalms 8:9 KJV
…reminds us that our Lord reigns over all the earth, even those who seek to harm us!
The LORD is King for ever and ever:Psalms 10:16a KJV
Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:Psalms 7:1 KJV
1 Peter 3:16
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.1 Peter 3:16 KJV
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.Isaiah 54:17 KJV
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Matthew 5:11 KJV
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.Revelation 12:10 KJV
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.Genesis 50:20 KJV
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.Psalms 55:23 KJV
1 Peter 3:9
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.1 Peter 3:9 KJV
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.James 1:2-4 KJV
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.Matthew 5:11-12 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 KJV
…reminds us to turn to and seek refuge in our Saviour. Instead of letting our hurt tempt us, for instance, to run to others with gossip about the situation.
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.Psalms 9:9 KJV
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.Psalms 20:7 KJV
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.Romans 12:19 KJV
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.Psalms 46:10 KJV
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:15-16 KJV
An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.Proverbs 11:9 KJV
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.Psalms 35:1 KJV
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Final Words of Encouragement
From the time I was a little girl, my parents, preachers, Sunday school teachers, and school teachers all taught me the importance of good behavior and keeping a good testimony. They stressed to me that we are all to be mindful of keeping a good name before others. Because once our good name is tarnished, it is hard to earn back the respect and trust we once had.
And, of course, these are good truths to learn and to teach our own children. However, it wasn’t long before I learned that it’s not always possible to keep a good name with everyone, no matter how hard we try.
And that’s when I learned that as long as I have a good conscience and please God, then everything else will be OK. Because…
It matters most what the Lord Jesus thinks of me.
Drawing nigh to Him,
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
Have you ever been accused falsely? How did you handle it? Were you ever vindicated? How did God show up for you? Scroll down to share in the comments below.
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