“They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5
It seems these days we are in an era to where slander seems to be the norm. If you aren’t slandering someone or something, then you are slandered for not slandering. It is so difficult in the days of a progressive society to live out the standard the word of God lays out. What is even more difficult about it is that there are a plethora of platforms to which one could be criticized and ridiculed for staying true in the Word. Words will come, whether from behind a keyboard or face to face, that will be hurtful and angry, but there is hope.
We must remember the more we live like Christ, the more slander there will be. Christ promises this (Matthew 10:22), and it is difficult no matter the circumstance. Peter even goes on to say in verse 14 that if you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed.
Peter tells us those who participate in this slander will have to give an account to the one who stands ready to judge. This shouldn’t just help us while we are under persecution, but it should also give us an urgency to pray for those who persecute us. We will stand in judgement before God (2 Corinthians 5:10), and we should love our brothers and sisters – slander and all – enough to pray for them.
We live in discouraging times, but the Word is encouraging. Though the world may not understand the Biblical standard, God sees and knows the pain you may have when you stick to His standards. Be encouraged, and take heart, sisters. The best is yet to come.
Father, You are holy and just. I worship You, Father, with my heart, soul, and mind. Help me to stand strong when I am slandered for being faithful and obedient. I pray for those who may not understand that You would grant them understanding and mercy. Help me to pray for my enemies as I pray for my friends. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Do you find it hard to stand firm in your convictions? Spend time in 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 this week. How does this teach us to be eternally minded?