For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. (Psalm 109:2 ESV)
Have you ever been falsely accused, and did the unfounded accusation damage your reputation?
The power of the lying tongue is very dangerous, and when it happens to us the natural temptation is to strike back and hurt the person who has hurt us. But in doing so, we drag ourselves down, damaging our credibility and making people more suspicious of us.
Anger and bitterness, regardless of the cause, only end up hurting us. So how do we avoid all of this? We turn our anger over to Christ, asking Him to forgive it and to help us get rid of it. And we ask Him to forgive the individual(s) who have hurt us.
When Christ was falsely accused, He willingly went to the cross to die for all of our sins, including our sin of anger. But we cannot expect Christ to forgive us of our sins if we do not forgive those who sin against us. (Matthew 6:14-15)
"Anger and bitterness are two noticeable signs of being focused on self and not trusting God's sovereignty in your life. When you believe that God causes all things to work together for good to those who belong to Him and love Him, you can respond to trials with joy instead of anger or bitterness." - John C. Broger