Spiritual Strength For Each Day

“…Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we intreat” (1 Corinthians 4:12-13).

If you are wronged and your good name is defiled, you have in Jesus Christ the chance to remain meek and humble and not to say a word. He wants to keep you in perfect peace. Trust Him instead of fighting, debating and arguing. Not a word is necessary on your part. But the opposite also applies: “Judge not” (Matthew 7:1). This means, do not judge or condemn anyone you have not heard personally. A sharp word, indirect slander, an unkind look, or even a wrong thought harms the stillness of the soul. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), says the Lord. Another text says, “When words are many, sin is not absent” (Proverbs 10:19, NIV).

Give Him the lordship over your life, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus (see Philippians 4:7). While your heart is still, you will be blessed and refreshed by Him. When the old indignation threatens to break out over all the negative and untrue things that are said about you and the wrong that is done to you, then think of the practical words, “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me” (Psalm 138:8).

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