When I was a young girl I remember watching The Brady Bunch with my family. Of course I always related with Marcia because she was my age. I remember one episode in particular, and perhaps some of you that used to watch the show or those that have watched reruns will remember this one. The story in this episode was about Marcia trying to enter a contest so that her dad could win "Father of the Year" award. Throughout the episode she kept sneaking to do things so that she could get her entry turned in, and each time she did she got in trouble - she even sneaked out of her room and got caught! At the end her dad won the award and he realized why she was doing what she was doing. I was very touched by the episode and my eyes filled with tears (I was relating). My brothers (all 4 of them - younger than me) could not believe that I cried at the Brady Bunch! For many years after that my brothers would dismiss my tears (especially at movies) and say things like, "never mind her - she cries at the Brady Bunch!"
What moved me about the episode of the Brady Bunch was the fact that Marcia took the false accusations so that she could honor her dad. Sometimes things people do look so evident, but we can never really know a person's intentions. As Christians people are often very quick to point their fingers at us and falsely accuse us of things that are simply not true as we are seeking to honor our Heavenly Father. Our motives are often misjudged and sadly we become the target of harsh words and misplaced blame, most especially when we take a stand for the Word of God.
While these encounters that take place from time to time in our lives are very painful, and we may be tempted to retaliate we should respond more like Marcia Brady and take it quietly. I know that was just a story that touched my heart as a "daddy's girl" but in reality our best example is the Lord. Matthew 27:12-14 says "And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly."
Jesus was being falsely accused because He was doing His Father's work here on earth. He was falsely accused, beaten, spat upon, and finally crucified but because of His love for us and because He had God's bigger picture in mind He allowed the people to say what they wanted and willingly and silently endured the pain. When it all comes down to it, we are called to do the same thing - be about our Father's business so that lost souls can be saved - and as Jesus we will be persecuted. II Timothy 2:12 says, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." I Peter 4:12-13 While at times we may have our hearts broken by the very people we love, by the grace of God and Lord willing one day our stand on the Word of God and obedience to His calling will be blessed.
God Bless you as you serve Him and have a wonderful day!