Blessed are you when people insult you,
lie about you because of me,
for you will be rewarded.
It is truly hard to be calm
amid gross misunderstanding…
peaceful about malicious slurs.
It is tough when slander becomes
accepted as orthodoxy…
false prophets become truth-bearers.
Unconditional love affords
a life of real relationship –
standard conduct does not apply.
Rewards are not retributive,
rather they reconcile us through
benign acts of restoration.
Those who bear invective insults,
tolerate vicious backbiting, are graced with patient kindness
 Matthew 5: 11-12