Silence Is Powerful 

  
Just scrolling through Facebook or Twitter on any given day you will see debate after debate. Some like controversy.  Others like to stir the proverbial pot. 

What God has shown me lately is that everyone’s hot button topics are different and just because someone doesn’t jump on the same bandwagon as you do with the same passion as you do does not make them wrong. We can disagree and dislike things but still love each other. 

We are not called to champion every cause or atrocity or phishing post or tweet we encounter. Sometimes God calls some of us to be silent and to pray, or just to keep scrolling because our opinion is not needed. 

Some do not deserve to be told an answer as Jesus chose in Mark 11:33, because some contend and debate issues not for the truth, but instead for the victory or having the last word. Some even already know the real answer but choose to reject it based on emotions or going along with the crowd. 
We should choose wisely what we say, what we answer to and how we behave. If it doesn’t glorify God- don’t say or do it! 

  

We must endeavor in relations to behave ourselves so as to put to silence the unreasonable reproaches of the most ignorant and foolish of people. (Matthew Henry Commentary for 1 Peter 2:15) 

There is no condition or cause or post or tweet or viral video so mean and horrible that a person may live conscientiously in it and still glorify God.  (Paraphrased and added to from Matthew Henry commentary on 1 Peter 2:19-22)

My choice to not engage in the disputes or debates or jump on bandwagons or like your viral video does not mean I am less passionate or intelligent, nor am I passively just idly sitting by twiddling my thumbs-or my brains have fallen out…or I don’t have a voice…. 

It means I see through the facades and like Jesus- choose not to answer or engage. I choose to be silent because sometimes Silence is Powerful! 

                      ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

For it is the will of God by doing right that you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. ~ 1 Peter 2:15 AMP 

For this finds favor, if a person endures the sorrow of suffering unjustly because of an [awareness of [the will of] God. After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God. 

Christ Is Our Example 

For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. ~1 Peter 2:19-22 AMP 


So they replied to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” ~Mark 11:33 AMP 

  

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6 thoughts on “Silence Is Powerful 

  1. are you encouraging believers to stay silent about their beliefs? or are just hoping dissenters will be silent so you don’t have to defend what you believe? -KIA

    1. Neither- I am giving the example of when Jesus did not engage because they really didn’t want to know- they were using it to bait Him and that our lack of words at times can be much more powerful than defending or giving opinions.

      1. how do you make the judgment of who ‘really doesn’t want to know’?
        I always assumed that if people were still interested enough to discuss with me, they were still interested in listening, if not just to argue back.
        apathy and silence was my que that the other person was no longer willing to hear and listen. as long as I had a willing participant in a conversation, I had an opportunity. does encouraging silence in Christian witness based on our own subjective decision on the other persons inner mind (which we can’t know for sure) really a valid tactic when dealing with the world? or is it more honestly a defensive technique to avoid difficult conversations and the imperative to engage the culture and share the gospel and give answer to any man who asks you?
        -KIA

      2. I am learning to gauge it by the Holy Spirit. If my flesh wants to give my two cents then my opinion could be disguised as nothing more than judgement to what ever it is my flesh felt the need to defend or answer. This post was not directed in the context of Christian Witnessing- it was more directed to the continuous spewing of hot topics on social media that spark debates on various hot topics. Knowing when God asks us to stand up and when to sit down and when he asks us to speak up or when to remain silent is something we do when we get more intune with the spirit versus our flesh. Something He is teaching me and I share what He is teaching me because it usually helps others.

  2. The same holds for when you know you need to post something on your blog but your fingers and mind just don’t come together to put a post together- they may have thousands of words to say but nothing may come out as a post just because the writer feels there is nothing for me to write on today. I agree one needs to talk or voice an opinion only if one is guided to do so.
    Susie

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