I understand that I can't control what others think of me or how they may choose to portray me and my family. I can't stop someone from lying about me. If someone feels that I have wronged them and then chooses to give their version of how things happened without coming to me, then I understand that I need to be the one to work at correcting the situation.
I read this verse,
I Peter 3:11
Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
I was reminded that forgiveness isn't an option.. God tells me to seek peace and PURSUE it. So there it is.. I have to let the hurt go. I must choose to do what Christ did for me-
Forgive without an explanation, Love as if no wrong was done to me.
So amazing how He helps us to see things His way.. Isn't it?