Matthew 27:14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Silence is Golden
What amazing obedience we see in Jesus. Falsely and unjustly accused, with every right and ability to defend Himself and refute all accusations...yet He remained silent. Of course, as believers, we know why He did not defend Himself. He had a destiny to fulfill. Jesus came to redeem a lost and sinful world (John 6:40), not to defend Himself. As believers and followers of Christ we should always walk in His footsteps, learning and teaching from His perfect example (Matthew 16:24).
Turn Turn Turn
Don't get me wrong, the Word in Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us there is a season for every purpose under Heaven. And all throughout the New Testament the Apostle Paul tells us to contend for the faith. We even see Jesus strongly rebuking, even to the point of calling names, like "hypocrites" or "brood of vipers" (Matthew 23). So, how do we know when to speak and when not to?
Pride Goes Before
Proverbs 16:18 warns that pride goes before destruction. That's a good rule of thumb to go by. I can't tell you how many times I've been guilty of being right, yet being SO wrong. I constantly keep my tongue in check by asking myself that old line, "what's my motivation?", if what I'm going to say is self-seeking then it's probably not even worth saying. Even if, and often, ESPECIALLY if I'm right.
As Christians we are told to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14). Salt is flavoring but also an abrasive, it's rough, but can polish. Sometimes we may need to share the raw and salty truth with someone who needs to hear it. And that's not prideful, that's love. And then there's times when we just need to silently yet brilliantly shine to light the way. Or maybe just be a warming soft glow that comforts. Whatever the need, we can always know just which is necessary when we remove "self" from the equation. And that's what Christ did for us, so should we for each other.
This article was written by Thomas Austin
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