Social networking tools might provide helpful ways for people to keep in touch, but they also provide ways for people to complain and criticise unfairly. There is nothing new about being the victim of unfair criticism, but sometimes it feels as if the Internet is making people harsher and ruder in their accusations. So it comes as no surprise that Satan is the ultimate accuser, and he gets his comeuppance in chapter 12 of the Revelation:

The accuser of our people, who accused them before our God day and night, has been thrown down. They have defeated him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the message of their testimony. They did not cling to life, even when they faced death. So celebrate, heavens, and everyone living in them. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has gone down to you, very angry because he knows that he has little time left.

God does not promise an easy life to those who follow Jesus. The apostles and early believers were subjected to fierce opposition, persecuted, and dragged before courts, being accused of all sorts of offences. Christians today , no matter how kind or gracious their conduct, can also be subjected to torrents of abuse and accusation; but they can take comfort in the fact that the accuser has already been defeated.

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