When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Women, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
Jesus Christ’s loving concern for the lowly and needy demonstrates His compassion. His words and actions show God’s merciful and gracious nature. We can have confidence of Jesus’ love and compassion in the face of our accusers as well. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV)
I won’t ask who your accusers are. I believe you know the answer to that. But for me, my accusers are those who form negative opinions about me, my beliefs, my work, and my life without even knowing me. I’ve faced them in person. I’ve looked them in the eyes. I’ve asked them why? And then I had to make a choice; to judge them or not. As believers, we sometimes are tempted to pass judgment upon someone else’s life or testimony. But Scripture clearly warns us not to do that. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5 NKJV)
So what’s the answer? How do we face our accusers? The answer is face them as Jesus faced them and speak the truth. “As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.” Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” (Luke 22:66-70 NKJV)
Today, I faced an accuser. Actually I faced more than one. And I spoke the truth. It’s amazing how the truth will silence the mouths of your critics. I guess it’s not so amazing if you think about it. God is our defender and He cares for His own. Jesus has authority and dominion over our accusers. He is Lord over all. Jesus demonstrated His supreme wisdom with the woman. His wisdom came from a deep understanding of God derived from a relationship with His Father. That relationship was based on prayer. “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” (Luke 5:16 NKJV) Our knowledge of the truth comes from our daily relationship with God through prayer and the study of His Word. Prayer offers believers a means of acknowledging the character and purposes of God and the opportunity to seek guidance concerning His will for us. When you seek God and His truth and then speak the truth, what can man do to you. “So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV)
Friend, the next time you face an accuser, stop. Stop and look upon the author and finisher of your faith, Jesus. Stop just a moment before you speak, and seek the authority of the One who has supreme authority, Jesus. And then speak the truth; the truth found in God’s Word. Allow the Holy Spirit to be your voice.
Dear Lord, thank You that You are our defender. Thank You for Your everlasting love and care for us. Teach us Lord to rely on Your authority when we face our accusers. Teach us to turn towards You and Your truth. Forgive us Lord when our response is to judge the one who has judged us. May we always be a light even to those who judge us and accuse us. May the power of the Holy Spirit reign in our lives. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!