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Because He Paid the Price

Your Reputation

A powerful topic, suffering unjustly. I dare say many fictional books and movies have used the theme for their plots. It resonates with folks. Lot of pathos here. Christians actually are closer to this concept than most. That is, they are more subject to mistreatment because of who they are, and the Bible says God has actually ordained more than an average amount of trouble, for the Christian. It's our heritage. Read what I Peter 2 has to say about Christians suffering.

"For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously...(I Pet 2:19-24)."

For nearly a decade one of my husiness competitors has been persecuting me, saying bad things about me, untrue things by the way, and most of them actually true of himself. In fact, he has done a lot more than simply say things. It is unbelievable -- calling me, emailing me, posting ugly things on the Internet. Virtually stalking me. I could defend myself, but after agonizing about it, I am convinced this is not what God wants me to do. Like Jesus, I am blessed to be maligned. Like Joseph ("It was not you who sent me here but God...Gen 45:8"), I am not to make my own case but wait on He who knows best. Who "judges righteously.".

I called on the Lord in distress, the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place...You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the Lord is my strength and song (Psalms 118:5,13)

Here is a great book for those suffering others' hurt and malignment. This book has opened my eyes to how to view the fear of man, the concern for one's reputation. The best I have read on the subject, and a wonderful treatment on Joseph's story. You don't have to defend yourself, folks don't need to know, you can live life misunderstood. Your reputation is in God's hands.

Also see:
They Don't Know
Not to the Swift