How to respond to slander

There is a lot of things that we as ministers go through and sometimes it is slander that hurts the most and we are greatly discouraged because of all the things people say that is simply not true. Since this ministry does mentor pastors this blog is for you to help you and encourage you. Personally I have a long list of things that people are saying about me

  1. I have been called a thieve and a Land grabber
  2. I am not spiritual or not a Christian
  3. I have been called a homosexual because I am not married-PS between you and me that is something that is God’s hands and it is not by own choice
  4. There was this one time where I had to flee Mexico because someone said that I hired someone to attack them-there are many missionaries in Latin America that is in jail because of false accusations
  5. I have been told that I am not anointed and I am not a leader and the list can go on…

It validates your ministry

Paul wrote in:

2 Corinthians 6:4 (MSG)

Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times;

For Paul the evidence that he is a minister of the word of God is that he faced challenges and he overcame them through the grace of God. The sheep is looking… How do you respond in anger? Are you nagging about it? Remember we have to teach our sheep how to respond in difficult circumstances

8 when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; 9 ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die;

So we are in good company and even in better company when we consider the things people said about Jesus:

  1. Drunkard
  2. Evil
  3. Demon possessed

How must we respond to these things?

Always in Love in prayer and let God fight the battles for you ( Remember meekness is a fruit of the born spirit and it is to trust God to fight the battles for you) and rather concentrate on those who is standing by you. When Absalom were killed by Joab David’s Hart was hurt and wanted to grieve his dead son, and Joab gave David good advise to rejoice with those who stood by him. Keep on focusing on those who are faithful to you and serve them

That is why Paul wrote to Timothy when the church in Ephesus faced persecution:

2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

Also surround you with Men of God that will pray with you and encourage you

Johannes Swart

I am missionary and I love Jesus With all my Heart. I have planted Churches in 6 different Countries by God's grace. From Sunny Pretoria,South Africa he loves to do scuba diving, Crosfitt and Photography when the opportunity presents itself

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