There is little else that compares to the pain involved when you are falsely accused. Here are 5 Bible verses about false accusations. As Christians, we know that God fights for us and we have ultimate victory. We cling to these promises during times of wrongful accusation.
I’ve experienced this several times in my life and felt the heart break involved.
When You are False Accused
For the six years that we were foster parents, we lived in fear of being falsely accused of child abuse. Due to the intense nature of the work, we were taught that it’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” a false accusation occurs.
False accusations are no small issue because they can result in criminal charges, your children being removed from your home, your reputation shattered, and so much more.
When a case worker falsely accused us of mistreating the children in my care, I was devastated. Thankfully another worker came to our defense and the matter was dropped, but what a scary and emotional time.
Years later, due to the inadequacies of the child protection system when it comes to children with severe behaviors due to early childhood trauma, we were taken to court for failure to adequately protect and care for our child. We hired an attorney and the charges were dropped, but the whole situation was incredibly painful and downright scary.
When you are falsely accused, you may go through these stages of emotion.
First comes shock. It doesn’t seem possible that someone would say these things about you.
Next comes intense anger. How could anyone accuse you of this after all the good you have done and how hard you have tried? You may find yourself wanting to lash out. You write letters defending yourself and explain the validity of your stance to anyone who will listen.
You doubt yourself. Even though you know you are completely innocent, you begin to question your motive. False accusations do that to you. You wonder, Did have ill intention? Did I somehow make this mistake without even realizing it? Did I do all I could or should I have done more?
Next comes fear. You worry about every possible long-term scenario. You may lose sleep and start to manifest physical symptoms. Will your family be ruined? Will this break you financially? Will your friends and family turn against you? Will your worst fears be realized?
What can settle in is deep-seated resentment. When you are falsely accused, resentment is quite easy to fall into and difficult to rise above. You doubt everyone and trust no one. You may begin to disconnect and tune out all emotion in an effort to go numb from the pain.
Finally, without proper healing, this aching wound can lead to bitterness. We’ve all met people who have given in to long-term bitterness. Talk to them for more than a few minutes and their painful situation is the first thing they bring up. They begin to see the world through the lenses of the painful situation. They have not found healing.
Many of these feelings are normal and even healthy to experience for a time, but you don’t want to stay stuck there. This is not God’s will for your life.
If you have been wrongly accused, only by the power of the Holy Spirit you can learn to love, trust, and forgive. You cannot do this on your own. You must rely on God’s power in order to move forward.
Whether you have been falsely accused of a crime, wrongly blamed for something you didn’t do, or falsely persecuted, use the Bible verses below to rely on God’s strength.
The following Bible verses are ones I have clung to during times of accusation. May they bring you healing.
False Accusations in the Bible
If you are in the middle of a situation where you are facing false accusations, use these verses to find comfort and peace.
1. Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
This verse is one that has been incredibly powerful for me during times of false accusation. I remember walking into a meeting with about 15 professionals who would decide if we would be taken to court. I had a notebook filled with information about our son’s situation. I wrote this verse at the top of each page.
Of note, when we look at this verse in the context of the whole Bible, this is not saying don’t stand up for yourself. Instead, this reminds me that there are times I should speak and times it’s okay to remain silent. God has ultimate control so I don’t have to get in the last word.
2. Romans 12:18-19
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’
Oh, the revenge I have acted out in my mind! Yet this is not God’s will. Romans 12 tells us not to avenge ourselves but leave it to God.
3. James 1:2-4
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The trials you are currently facing will strengthen your faith and produce fruits of the spirit. This isn’t easy in the moment but it will have lasting rewards.
4. Matthew 5:11-12
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Not only can we trust in God’s provision during times of accusations, we can even rejoice because we will be blessed. You might see these blessings later in your life or in eternity, but rest knowing God has the situation under His control. You will be rewarded in God’s time.
5. Isaiah 54:17
No weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.
This passage brings me such comfort because I trust in God’s promise that no weapon formed against me is stronger that God’s power.
You can also trust in God’s promise that vindication will be His. God has your situation under His will and control, and He will bring you ultimate good.
Use these Bible verses for when you are accused of a crime or wrongdoing you didn’t commit. Write them in a journal or creative Bible journaling pages centered around them. Write the verses on note cards and put them where you will see them daily. Pray the words of these verses back to God as an act of trust and worship.
If you have been judged wrongly, what brought you comfort during this time of trial?
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My live in partner is always false accusing me of stealing anything from him, especially money. My conscience is clear but deep inside, my heart aches so much that makes me burst out most of the time and worsen the situation. Thank you to this verses you have shared. Now i feel better and I hope i can apply it to myself.
I’m so glad these were a blessing. That’s such a tough life situation you are in. I’ll keep you in my prayers.
Thank you. Almost everything you’ve written about the stages of emotion you go through is so accurate for me! I have clung to Gods word throughout but it’s still so hard not knowing what twists and turns will come along the way! it feels even harder emotionally when it’s a so called (now former) friend who is the false accuser! Bitterness is destructive so I’ve always tried to distance myself from becoming bitter – and, knowing the Lord, is the only thing that enables me to do that.
As a fellow foster mom I know this fear so well!!! Definitely love the verses ♥️
Hugs from one foster mom to another!
Kristi | Kristi Dee -helping busy Christian moms says
So very sorry that happened to you! Turning to God in the midst of trials like that is the only way to get through them.
And the point that “God has ultimate control so I don’t have to get in the last word” hits home with me so very often! Thanks for the reminder that only God needs to have the last word!
Thank you Kristi and thanks for your comment.
Thanks for being brave enough to talk about this all too common problem when raising children who have been abused and neglected and dealing with state employees who do not understand the complex mental health issues these children can have and the behaviors that accompany them. I too was falsely accused. Not only did their case worker attempt to deny the diagnosis or RAD by their psychologist, she also completely lied and made stuff up to support her allegation of abuse. This was all to attempt to disrupt the adoption as she knew a lawsuit would follow due to the states negligence. I had to hire an attorney to thwart her efforts. If ever there was a neglectful parent it would be the state. God help the children stuck in the system. God protect the families brave enough to go in to rescue them. They need every encouraging word we can offer because it’s not all adoption day hooray stories. It can be a life long marathon full of little wins and lots of pain for many families.
Mine was my stepson who has a diagnosis of ODD but its probably RAD. I hate knowing I am not alone but it also is kind of comforting. We had their mother reporting lies to caseworkers who believed her over us. She didn’t have custody of her children for a reason…
Valerie, I’m sorry to hear you went through this as well. The pain and frustration is beyond description.
Kristy, oh goodness you say so well that if ever there was a neglectful parent, it is the state. I hadn’t thought of it this way before but it’s so true. ((HUGS)) for all you have been through.