Schema (Facing Our Accusers part 1)

"Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son." (Psalm 50:20)

How does it feel to be treated like that? You don't know? That's wonderful. Because if you've left your house at some point and endeavored to be your own person in this world, you're bound to step on some toes as you go about your business.

"Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:" (1 Peter 2:22-23)

Sometimes life can wind up like a legal proceeding. You get these nebulous notions as to what people think of you, (corroborated or not by anything real). And you wish you had some audience with someone who, you think (subconsciously), holds sway over your happiness. Help! It can be this way at work, at places you frequent, at school or at home. And it's no fun. Because we really can't look to the world to exonerate us when once slander is loosed from the hearts and minds and lips of those we've rubbed the wrong way, however well-meaning we were, and innocent.

"For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart." (Psalm 11:2-3)

So, in legalese, it's called the Confrontation Clause. It's basically the right to "face your accusers". Thing is, we certainly don't see all the extenuating circumstances leading people to act in the rude ways toward us they do. And many times, while we might have meant well, we probably shouldn't have interacted with them in the way we did, either. In other words, we're not always without fault in these cases. But it takes God's wisdom and judgment to sort through these factors.

"To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him." (Acts 25:16)

The latter chapters of Acts detail Paul's tour of Asia Minor in his persecution for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Something that was brought into this world through spiritually legal auspices, if that makes sense. Because of Jesus taking the punishment for all our sin and sins, we now have the responsibility of taking our grievances to Him and forgiving our offenders. This is Gospel. And whether we actually get to talk to the person who stirred up the strife that's ruining your day, or not, know that they're forgiven when once you lift them up to the Lord and ask for it on their behalf. They may hate you all the livelong day. But they're just getting all the closer to truly meeting the God you know, love and serve.

"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." (1 Peter 2:24-25)