The Power of Silence
Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. (Luke 23:9, KJV)
When Pilate questioned Jesus, Jesus responded. But when Herod asked similar questions, Jesus said nothing. What was the message behind Jesus’ silence?
Pilate, the governor, was confused. He knew Jesus was innocent but didn’t fully understand the situation. He asked if Jesus was the king of the Jews, and Jesus answered. But the scriptures speak differently about Herod:
“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him”. (Luke 23:8, KJV)
Herod wanted Jesus to perform a miracle to satisfy his curiosity. Despite being asked many questions, Jesus remained silent (Luke 23:9), not allowing anyone to drag Him into twisted or evil motivations. To such critics, He stayed silent.
If Christians, particularly ministers, learned this principle, many heartaches and sleepless nights would be avoided. Over 20 years ago, Dr. David Oyedepo taught how he manages critics with a no-response principle. He had mastered Jesus’ silence principle.
One of the fastest ways to burn out is to read or listen to everything everyone says about you and try to answer—especially on social media. Don’t let the Devil drain your happiness or zeal with issues unrelated to God’s purposes for your life. You might be surprised why some people dislike or oppose you. Learn Jesus’ silence principle. Know your Pilates and your Herods. Answer your Pilates and give your Herods silence.
Why do most of the fiercest oppositions to ministers that God is using often come from other Christians and ministers?
Apply the Word
Today, anyone can say whatever they want. It is your responsibility not to allow anyone to pour their content into the vessel of your heart. If we are not careful, Satan can use Herods with strange opinions, twisted ideologies, and unknown motivations to distract us from what God wants us to be or do. Be wise: know your Pilates and your Herods.
Pray for grace to refrain from answering everyone who criticizes or attacks you, especially on social media.
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