04 Aug Improve the Silence
“Jacqueline, dear, do not speak unless you can improve the silence.”
I love this line. Even though it was spoken adversely in the movie, there is so much wisdom in these words and such great advice for us as Christ Followers.
Yes, we are called to take a stand for the hope we have in Christ, but sometimes, the best way to do that is to be silent and let God work in the hearts and minds of people in conflict with us.
Jesus modeled this on several occasions when confronted to reveal Himself, defend Who He is, or speak on a cultural issue. He quoted Scripture, gave a parable, or He stayed silent. No matter which method, He always pointing to His Father.
The world needs Jesus. The world needs to see and hear Jesus in us.
When the Lord moves you to speak, speak with boldness the message He has laid on your heart to say.
When the Lord prompts you to be silent, be silent with resilience in the power of God Almighty (that’s the only way I can stay silent).
Prayerfully seek the Lord and trust when He’s telling you to speak or telling you to stay silent — no matter what the crowds are saying.
“The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.”
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 30 years of experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for bible.org and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell, and Ruth Schwenk. In addition, Susan writes regularly for skitguys.com. Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God.