Keep Making A Joyful Noise

Dear Someone,

This letter is for you, you that have been bashed, slandered, misunderstood, mistreated, defamed, despised, disparaged, humiliated, publicly embarrassed and falsely accused of things you know nothing about. This letter is for you, you that was wrongfully terminated from your job because of false accusations from a coworker. This letter is for you, you that’s living in shame and paying a high price because you were falsely accused by your spouse or partner of infidelity or for cheating on them. This letter is for you, you that was not only discriminated against but falsely accused of shoplifting, stealing or involved in a robbery and left for people to start questioning your character.

As someone that was falsely accused of things I didn’t do or say at different times in my life, I understand what you are going through — false allegations harm and kill. They can cause major anxiety and stress for people and that’s why I am sending you this letter so that you don’t start accepting all the lies of your accusers just because you’re exhausted of explaining the truth. I am sending you this letter to remind you also that no matter what is going on in your life today, no matter what’s happening in the world around you, no matter what anybody says, you should always be thanking God because victory is always on the way! (2 Corinthians 2:14).

It’s not only painful to the soul to be wrongly accused of a crime or offense you didn’t commit, things you didn’t say or do, sexual relationships that you were never involved in and most often to be called a gossip when you are not one, it is shameful, annoying, and embarrassing and a sad experience for life. Such accusations have caused many to become depressed and others to commit suicide. Please don’t allow their false accusations to slowly fades you into nothingness but let it help you to become a symbol of optimism in that mess you have found yourself. You are more than what you are being accused of because a man’s definition of you will never equate to God’s definition of you.

I’m sorry if you are in a situation where you are not able to defend yourself or not having anyone to turn to because your friends, family and town have turned their back on you. Don’t be disappointed about those who turned their back on you. Don’t allow their false accusations drive you into isolation, rejection and a place of pain and shame. Don’t turn to addiction neither should suicide be an answer or an option for you. Realize that you were never the problem but your accusers. Those that are accusing you are doing so from either a place of ignorance, jealousy, personal motive, malice, blind hatred, emotional pain, and or sometimes, gain. They are not attacking you because you are weak. They are not fighting you because you can’t fight back. They are doing all those things because you are strong, and they cannot stand it. Most importantly, it’s the devil, the accuser of the brethren (Revelations 12:10), that is behind their actions.

I don’t know where you are as you read this letter. If you are in a prison cell because you have been falsely accused of a crime you didn’t commit, I want you to remember Joseph and know that help is coming. If you’re in a dark place, disowned by your family members because of false accusations, remind yourself that you are not alone. You have God as your father and His angels as your family. If your office or workplace is becoming a battleground between your boss, colleague and yourself because you’re always the one held accountable for every mistake that is not yours, stop focusing on what they are doing wrong to you there and start focusing on what God will do for you and through you in that place.

If you are always indoors, afraid to step out of your comfort zone because earlier in your life you were falsely accused of something so shameful that it blew your life apart, I encourage you to rise up from that misery and press forward. Don’t allow what happened in the past dictates how you live your life going forward. Live for God and not for anyone. Relax and remember that the battle you are facing belongs to the Lord. Be still before Him and allow His hand to make you strong. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, don’t wait for anyone to declare that you are not guilty, keep making a joyful noise to the Lord in that situation! That is faith at work.

God has brought you this far, and He is not about to leave you in the hands of your accusers and watch you perish. Take on the high road, forgive them and let go, trust Him to fight your battle and to speak for you today in that situation. I am not sending you this letter myself from a place of regret, pity or unforgiving spirit but from a place of hope and love. Therefore, let your default response to these damaging situations be of gentle response instead of a harsh one. Being gentle doesn’t mean not sharing your thoughts, anger, disappointment or frustration, it means doing so from a place of forgiveness, calmness and sincerity. Proverbs 15:1 (CEV) says, “A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up”.

Forgive your accusers and those that have broken you, let go of your anger and pain towards them. You are not what they called you and your character is not what is been portrayed. You may never get an apology but forgive anyway because when you forgive them, you heal, you learn to love, and you don’t only change the past, you change the future. When you let go of your anger towards them, you grow, you see clearly, and you can experience something new with what you have left, God! He is full of mercy, justice and when he desires, revenge. Don’t try to avenge all those that have wronged you, God is your vindicator! You don’t have to fight for things that are beyond your control when you trust God. Don’t fight what doesn’t belong to you. The battle is The Lords! He will fight your battles and lead you to victory. Luke 6:35 (MSG) says, “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst”.

Make up your mind today, to release every person that has accused of something, criticized you or tried to discourage you. Choose to forgive them and to turn away from that distraction. Choose to focus on Him and the blessings He has in store for you and never forget that some people are just jealous and that is why they are coming against you. I call that spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). When people come against you and they’re jealous, trying to make you look bad, trying to discourage you, trying to take you down, be like Jesus, refuse to answer them (Luke 23:9), but allow God to use their actions to take you up. Refuse to play up to them or try to win them over, just keep your eyes focused on what God has for you. It doesn’t matter who is trying to make you look bad either, thank God for their actions. Don’t complain and don’t get discouraged. Let God fight your battles, the more they talk the more God will bless you. Some people, no matter what you do, are not going to be for you. So stop trying to live for them. You don’t need those people’s approval or validation.

It’s my prayer that soon, people will realize what they see in you is not what they heard about you. May God not leave you in pieces or at the mercy of your accusers. May He not leave you without help or support in that situation. May He not let you come back void and may He not let your life return to Him empty! May you have double for your shame. May God vindicate you. May He justify you and may He lift you up from the attacks of your enemies. Most importantly, may God give you the strength and ability to deal with these challenges and interact with your accusers from a place of peace in Jesus Name.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. Don’t let condemnation keep you from turning to God this season. He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He knows where you are right now, and He knows how to get you to where you need to be.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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