Malicious words can hurt and can be more destructive than weapons. If the words are untrue, the pain becomes even more difficult to bear.
When the enemies of king David made false accusations against him, he asked God to intervene and to put them to shame.
v19. Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
v 20. They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
[Psalm 35:19-20, NIV)
The Bible teaches us not to take revenge but to allow God to act, “it is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19).
When false accusations were made against Jesus, resulting in His death, He did not defend Himself. Instead, as He hung on the cross, He asked God to forgive those responsible.
If you have been maligned, try not to respond in anger. That will only add to your pain. Why not ask God to help you follow Jesus’ example?
Almighty God, you know that the things being said about me are untrue and they are really hurting me. Please cause these people to stop. And please help me to put aside my anger and forgive them. In Jesus name – AMEN.