Going through battles can by so trying, so hurtful, so painful. False accusations, lies, gossip. All things that God has spoken about in His word. These things wear you down, satan wants to get in and give you doubts about who you really are. I can't pretend to understand why those who should love you choose to spew hatred and lies. Only that satan is at work and won't quit if he can destroy.
Was reading about persecution today.
When we think about the promises of God, we generally wouldn't include persecution in our list! But Jesus did promise that those who love him will be persecuted. If we are striving to live for Him, and do His will, we will be attacked. If we are living perfect lives, with never a struggle, I guess we are not that much of a threat to satan, so why would he bother us? I say this not to puff myself up, but to build myself up, to encourage myself with His holy word. To remind myself not to doubt if I know that I am close to Him and doing the right thing by prayer and by studying His word, and by conversing with Him and listening for His still, clear voice.
Matthew 5:10-12 (New International Version)
10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
It is not an easy thing, to be joyful when you are being hurt, being dragged through the mud, being figuratively stoned to death with the lies or words of others. But reading His word, I see that it is part of the plan. It is something that makes us stronger. Draws us closer to Him. I am trying to change my perspective. I don't want to live in the "why me" of it all. I want to live in the "why not me." I want to live for Him. I want to lean on Him, and trust in Him and grow to be a better "doer of His word." Why should the lies of others matter? I have to realize that I know the truth and God does, and that's all that matters. Those around me should know me enough to know the truth. If not, they don't know me at all.