Later, in one of his talks, Jesus said to the people, “I am the Light of the world. So if you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path.”
The Pharisees replied, “You are boasting—and lying!”
Jesus told them, “These claims are true even though I make them concerning myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You pass judgment on me without knowing the facts. I am not judging you now.
—John 8:12-15 (TLB)
Can you imagine telling a room full of people, exactly who you are, only to be called an arrogant liar?
That would be incredibly insulting, right?
Now imagine going through that same treatment, but this time you’re Jesus. You’re perfection personified, and you’ve never lied.
Jesus never lied to his parents, not to his disciples, not to his followers, or haters, and certainly not to the Pharisees.
But these religious leaders had a plan, and with spiteful pride, they sought to discredit Him with allegations and lies.
In response, Jesus calmly reasserted himself and informed them that although they were judging him, he would not judge them (yet).
So cool, so calm, so perfect.
But what can you take from this? How does it apply to you and the countless instances of slander you face?
I’ll tell you.
No matter what they say about you or how they try to discredit you, it isn’t necessary to meet their negativity with venom.
Instead, be confident in who you are, and let God handle your critics because (trust me) His bite is much worse than your bark.