“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.”
Sometimes silence is best.
Christ showed us this example several times throughout the Scripture, most noticeably when He was on trial. He was questioned and accused; yet He wisely chose to remain silent.
He answered nothing.
“And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”
He did not even open His mouth.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Silence is a wise response to both our critics and those who do us wrong.
“Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
Jesus said nothing, therefore no fault was found in Him.
“And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:”
We too can choose to wisely remain silent amidst the persecution. Regardless of the false accusations or the suffering we endure, following Christ’s example of silence is most often the wisest way we can respond.
Silent Wisdom is heard louder than any words we could say.
Deuteronomy 13-14 | Mark 10 | Proverbs 24
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