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August 1, 2021 | Javan Shashaty
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“Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”—1 Peter 2:12 (NKJV)
One morning I left my house to run some errands. At the end of my street, I slowed down and stopped for a red light. It was a typical, sunny day in South Florida. But when the light turned green, my normal day changed as quickly as the traffic light.
As I pulled out into the intersection, another vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the front of my car. Thankfully, it wasn’t a bad accident, so as I waited for police to arrive, I checked on the other driver.
A short time later, an officer talked to me about the details of the accident. “The other driver said you ran the red light,” he told me.
What? I was shocked. It simply wasn’t true.
Thirty days later, I sat in a courtroom waiting to plead my case. I was frustrated, but I was anxious as well. How could I fight false accusations? It was going to be my word against hers.
But then, an older man came into the courtroom and sat down next to me. He introduced himself and explained, “I saw the accident. I watched the other woman run the red light and hit you. When I heard what she said to the police, I was determined to come and tell the truth.” How grateful I was to have this witness testify in court that day!
In today’s Bible verse, Peter says when we are falsely accused or spoken wrongly of, our character is our witness. Years ago, tabloids were known for propagating half-truths. But now, social media can destroy lives and create division with the click of a mouse, so integrity is more important than ever.
Peter writes that our good actions will “silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Peter 2:15 NKJV). We often try to use our words to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, that never seems to work. As my husband says, “Don’t feed the monster.” In other words, don’t try to convince others of a truth they simply will not believe. In a world of lies and deception, your integrity and your actions are your strongest weapons. So use them! They will indeed silence the ignorance of the foolish.
DIG: Think back on a time when you were falsely accused. How did you handle it?
DISCOVER: Is your life a witness? What might you need to adjust to be above reproach?
DISLAY: Use your life, not your words, to do battle in this world of lies.