Silence isn’t valued as much as it used to be. Someone who is a strong silent type used to be looked at with respect, now they are viewed as socially awkward. Silence is a strength that can’t be overestimated. The power of remaining silent in a situation can be a valuable tool when dealing with difficult people. Jesus shows us how it works.
So Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate questioned him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? Look how many things they are accusing you of!” But Jesus still did not answer, and so Pilate was amazed.”
Ultimate Act of Love
Many argue over who killed Jesus. Some say the Romans did, while others insist the Jews did. Honestly, Jesus willingly died for us. As Pilate was questioning him, he could’ve easily said anything and been a free man. That would’ve thwarted God’s plan and our path to redemption and salvation. No man could stop Christ from going to the cross. The ultimate act of love took necessary steps by Jesus to make it happen.
Sometimes we just need to keep our mouths shut. We need to understand the power of remaining silent. The problem is that most of us start to babble when we get nervous so this is a real challenge. There is a lesson to be learned from Jesus here. Remaining silent can accomplish God’s will.
Too many people talk too much. You turn on the TV, and there are people paid to give you their opinion. Activists scream their beliefs in the faces of those who don’t believe the way they do. Gossips blather on and on about every insignificant detail of other peoples lives.
The power of remaining silent is that you give your opponent ample opportunity to make themselves look foolish and for you to look smart. Proverbs tells us even the fool who remains silent appears wise. (Prov 17:28) We need to speak when God leads us and be quiet when he doesn’t. Our voice can add to the problem, and our silence can often defuse it. Next time you are going to add your two cents think twice and remember the power of remaining silent.