We’ve all been falsely accused of something at some point, but very few have been falsely accused to the point where our very life depended upon the outcome. This was the case for Paul on more than one occasion. However it is his response to Felix that we focus on today.
“Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.” (Acts 24:10b) Paul was so confident in the fallacy of these accusations that he was prepared to make his defense “cheerfully”. Rather than being defensive, he cheerfully gave an account of his actions. Part of his response gives a clear explanation as to his attitude. “So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.” (v 16) When you are absolutely confident you have done everything to be right with both God and man, then you should have nothing to fear.
I’ve dealt with the exact opposite situation with my kids. If there’s an accusation towards them and they get extremely defensive, then odds are, they are at least partly guilty. I have never seen this fail actually. The more agitated the response, the more defensive the child is, the more likely they are not being forth right in their response.
The clearest difference is that the child feared repercussion for their actions and Paul had nothing to fear. His lack of fear is what empowered him to have the cheerful response. That lack of fear came from the fact that he believed what he wrote to the Philippians, to let his “manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Phil 1:27) By always living in that manner, always having a clear conscience toward both God and man, he is able to defend himself cheerfully.
No doubt a time will come where you face another false accusation. However if between now and then you have lived in a way that is worthy of the Gospel, then you will have nothing to fear in your response either. Remember, “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23-24)
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