It’s one thing when you hear someone slandering someone else, but what about when you are actually the subject of the slanderous remarks?
First thought that should come to your mind is that Jesus was slandered, lied about, and falsely accused, which is what got Him arrested in the first place. We are in good company. None of us has been maligned like our own Lord, Maker of Heaven and Earth. And He is still maligned to this day by atheists and other unbelievers. And at any time He could with justice strike them all down. But He is long-suffering. He loves to show mercy, and He delights to return good for evil. And at the end of the day, He will be the One to take vengeance, and we will not. That is a good thing too.
With that in mind, then I believe you must do several things. First, you thank God. (I’m not joking.) Next, you pray that God will bless the slanderer (still not joking). Then you ask God to give you the opportunity to return good for the evil. Maybe you will find them with car trouble, and you’ll be able to give them a lift. Maybe it will simply be the chance to smile and say hi.
When you do these things, you will keep your heart from bitterness and resentment. You cannot thank God and ask Him to bless someone who has wronged you without letting go of the bitterness.
If the slander has been public and everyone knows about it, then you should do these things all the more. I am not saying you should treat the offender like he is an old fishing buddy. But you should treat him or her with courtesy, not with snootiness. And do not retaliate by spreading slander yourself.
Then pray that God will vindicate you. He is good at these things. Be patient. And don’t worry about it. Consider it an opportunity to grow. And of course, if you are given the opportunity to deny the charges, march on it and do so cheerfully. But don’t let it keep you up nights. That’s what the devil wants. In contrast, God wants you to rejoice when these things happen. Listen to Him.
And if it is your children who are being slandered, then thank God that they have the opportunity to learn these lessons at such a young age. And show them how.