Handling untrue criticism


“Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” 1 Peter 3:16


When the Bible tells us, “Commit your way” to the Lord, what does that mean—my “way”? It means your well-traveled path, your lifestyle, your way of living, your reputation, the way you do things, what people think about you, how people perceive you. Just give that to the Lord.

We’re worried about what people think about us. Just let someone say something bad about some folks—criticize their lifestyle, the way they do things—and they get all upset about it. And none of us likes to be criticized.

Have you ever been criticized? Maybe blamed for something you didn’t do? Or been unjustly slandered? You are not alone. Jesus was the whipping boy of His day. He endured relentless criticism and slander. Was He worried? No.


You too must not worry when others speak falsely. Just give that to the Lord. Author/Pastor Peter Lord told me one day, “When anybody says anything bad about me, I just say, ‘Thank God they don’t know any more.’” Jesus would tell us, “When they criticize you, just roll that over onto Me. I understand and I am in charge. You just trust in Me.”