TRUST: Some Times, It’s Best to be Silent

Growing up, I always had something to say especially in response to those who had something to say about me that was negative. I know others who are normally very docile, but the beast comes out in them when people accuse them of things they are not or did not do. It is natural for people to defend themselves. We see it all the time even with our new President. While I respect him, he, nor any other, is not the model. The model has shown us that we need TRUST: Some Times, It’s Best to be Silent.

Who is the model? Who is the example we should follow or pattern ourselves after? Jesus Christ. In Mark 14, we see the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together to bring people to come and give false testimony about Jesus. In the vernacular, they were lying on Jesus. How did He respond to lies?

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

The NKJV translates verse 61 as “But He kept silent and answered nothing.” Whether He remained silent or kept silent, we need to note that Jesus did not say anything. I am sure that there are a myriad of reasons why Jesus remained silent, but, I hear the Spirit saying repeatedly to me TRUST: Some Times, It’s Best to be Silent. The Spirit directed me to one verse that answers it. 1 Peter 2:23 says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.””

What lesson is there for us? What are we to learn from the model, Jesus Christ? Hebrews 12:3 tells us Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” 1 Peter 3:9 tells us “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” This is certainly not natural but spiritual. We are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us,(crf). Perhaps, responding in that manner would lead us into sin. As the model, Jesus always lived in a way that takes us to the higher level, the higher way.

TRUST: Some Times, It’s Best to be Silent. Why? Jesus modeled it.  It is an extremely hard tasks to do; however, Jesus remained or kept which shows that we too have a choice. Not only do we have the choice, we have the power to do so. Titus 2:11-12 conveys that to us where it says, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,” We struggle mightily in controlling our tongue and our anger.

TRUST: Some Times, It’s Best to be Silent. When is that? Jesus focused on being who He was not on what others accused Him of. When we are confident in who were are and whose we are, we do not have to defend ourselves as we are being accused or mischaracterized. Remember that great accuser is at the heart of all lies against those in Christ. We know we have nothing to prove especially to those who have shown they care not for us or for the cause of Christ. Jesus tells us to “20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”


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