We can’t control what other people think. Even the most influential, integral men throughout history had people who found fault with them. Look no further than the Apostle Paul.
2 Corinthians 6:3-8 (NLT) We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors.
There is scarcely a worse feeling in the world than someone accusing you of something that is just not true. It’s so frustrating when you realize that you can’t do anything to change their mind. I’m not sure there is a greater man in scripture than Paul. He endured so much hardship, was falsely acused, cared SO much for the church and the people he brought to Christ, lived with absolutely integrity, experienced God’s power working through him, walked in righteousness, yet people still looked at him and said, “you’re an imposter.”
Yet, He purposed in His heart that He would honr God regardless of how people treated him.
You can live the perfect life (well, you probably can’t, but still…) and people will still find fault in you, misjudge your motives, make false assumptions about you and there isn’t anything you can do about it.
Our initial instinct is to push back and strive to prove them wrong, but ultimately that energy is wasted. Their mind doesn’t change and we feel miserable.
We need to learn from the example of Paul. We need to release our need to be perceived as correct, and I’m talking to myself here. We need to recognize that when we are falsely accused, God sees us as we truly are. If someone attacks our integrity, we know that God knows the truth. If you know you are right with God then you can release their false accusations and continue to be faithful to the work God has called you to do.
Integrity will be proven over time.
One statement I live by is that as I continue to be faithful, God will continue to be fruitful. So today, let us decide in our hearts to keep honoring God by the way we live our lives. Let us continue to walk in righteousness. May we keep our hearts pure for His purposes as we seek His presence. Even though they call us imposters, we know our hearts and so does the Lord. Continue to be faithful to the Lord and He will be faithful to produce good fruit in your life.
Do not be overwhelmed by the opinions on man, but keep your thoughts steadfast on the Lord and the purposes of the Lord.
Isaiah 26:4 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!