Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?’…But Jesus remained silent…
These verses really stand out to me and really make me take a step back to analyze myself. Would we have done the same as Jesus did? I highly doubt that.
Think about it. Whenever someone starts a rumor about us or talks about us in any way that we don’t like, we’re the first ones to go out there and get to the bottom of it, but we don’t stop there. We want to make that person pay! Or if someone is accusing us of something untrue, our first impulse is to yell and scream. But the Bible tells us that we should fight that impulse.
Take a step back! Breathe. Think.
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
Jesus was being accused of so many things that were not true, yet He didn’t open His mouth. He knew that something better would happen if He kept silent. What was that something better? LIFE. He gave us freedom from sin. All because He kept silent and chose to obey what the Father had asked of Him.
What’s our something better? It could be no regrets, stress, or pain because of something that we said, or from losing a loved one because of fighting. It could be happiness and peace because we took the higher road. But most of all, a better testimony; and a better version of YOU.
We tend to always be on the defense and want to stand up for ourselves, but it’s best to take a moment before blurting out the first things that pop into our heads.
Don’t speak out of anger. You will always get a negative outcome. One of the things that I try to think about when I get angry is “How is this showing who I am in Christ?” How are we representing Christ if we speak with anger? When we get angry, the things that come out of our mouths are, at times, unspeakable. It’s crazy; it’s like you don’t even recognize yourself in that moment.
I remember going through certain situations where I was hurt and angry. One particular instance was when someone very close to me had said some things to me because THEY were angry, and it was so hurtful that for a split second I froze. They were questioning who I was as an individual. Every fiber and I mean EVERY fiber of my being wanted to just tell that person exactly what was on my mind (and I would have done a pretty good job at that, too.) However I could feel the Lord speaking to me in that very moment. He told me to bite my tongue and to not ruin the testimony that I had built, for a petty moment of anger. So I reacted by standing there calmly speaking and reasoning with that person. We ended the discussion “agreeing to disagree.” They had their opinion and I had mine. That was it. But I could honestly say that I walked away from that situation knowing that I did the right thing. I knew that choosing not to explode like that person did, left that person thinking and wondering why I didn’t react just as they did. In the end, from the way I live my life, they’ll know that I didn’t speak out of anger because I was representing someone FAR better than myself. I was representing CHRIST.
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
So the next time we are hurt or angry and want to get even, think about the fact that we as believers are representing Christ, and He is our biggest, advocate, defender, and lawyer.