Unfounded suspicions?

He is prepared to give up his suspicion if he had entertained one and he is most willing to do this because the evidence, faint though it may be, has come to change his view. He goes by leads which take him to evidence. Evidence when it becomes strong and fool proof, his case is finished and someone else should take the prosecution or decisions. His task is over.

But there are people who allow false suspicions to take hold of them. Unfounded suspicions in their hands become realities. These so called realities destroy their peace of mind and also affect their loved ones dearly. How many happy families are ruined by false suspicions? Husband suspects his wife or the wife suspects her husband and if the suspicion is ill founded or totally unfounded endless quarrels and unhappiness ensues, sometimes it ends in tragedies. Similarly employers suspecting employees can make the life of the worker miserable and lead to counter production. The book of Sirach gives a homely advice:  “Do not be like a lion in your home, or suspicious of your servants” (Sira 4.30). It is easily said than done because it is difficult at times to give up a suspicious mind. It is only God, in his mercy, who can free us from such suspicions.

There are also individuals who take malicious pleasure in sowing seeds of disruption by false allegations and insinuations. They make the life of others miserable or at least imagine that they have succeeded in doing it. If you are the receiving end of their malice how should you react? It is wisest just to ignore and let the truth of our life stand out. You do not need proofs for this. It should be plain for everyone. As for the malicious individual he would be dealt with God in his own time and justice: “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; because the day of their calamity is at hand, their doom comes swiftly” (Deut 32.35). As for you should persevere in an attitude of forgiveness for this would give you peace and enable you to sleep calmly and quietly: “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the LORD” (Lev 19.18). So, my dear friend, do not allow suspicions ruin your life or lose your peace of mind when others suspect you and put all kinds of false interpretations about your actions or words. Let your light shine before them as the Lord says!

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