If you do life and ministry long enough…
Someone will consider you an enemy
It doesn’t matter what you do, there will always be those who will get hurt and then turn against you, sometimes violently. Remember Jesus was perfect, and He was still betrayed and falsely accused.
So we, being imperfect, could expect nothing less!
How do you handle betrayal and being maligned? The answer to that question will reveal your true heart and will set a path for your future. I think we need to do our best to follow the example of Jesus…
1. Don’t Be Defensive
The hardest thing to do…is nothing! When someone spreads lies about you and hurts you, you want to rise up and “tell the world” your side of the story. But being defensive is pride.
Pride comes before a fall, so don’t give into the temptation and try to run down everything you hear, read, or someone texts you. It’s a trap, and you will never run them all down. It just fans the flame!
2. Know God Is Your Defender
You don’t need to defend yourself! God is your defender, and He is able to take what the enemy intended for harm and turn it into good. We trust God for everything, including our reputation and what others believe or choose not to believe about us.