"For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God." (1 Peter 2:15-16 NIV)
We can never protect ourselves completely from other people saying bad things about us. Sometimes the certainty of this happening weighs us down and it’s not easy to wash away a bad reputation. But other people can never stop us from doing what is good, and this is the antidote that the Bible prescribes. Do good - be free - but do not use the freedom to do evil, such as seeking revenge.
Plato also had insight and knew that the only remedy for defamation is a life that proclaims the opposite of what is said. He said: "When people talk bad about you. Live so that no one believes them."
If we live daily in obedience to the Word of God and serve Him, he will defend us and watch over us so that we will not be harmed.
Jesus, help me to choose what is good today. Help me to live my day so that others can see that I am your servant.