The Art of Silence – knowing when to be quiet!

The Art of Silence

1. We don’t always have to defend ourself

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:7

1. Jesus was mistreated – yet he said nothing
2. Jesus could have defended himself and been justified in doing so – yet He said nothing
3. Jesus chose not to speak because it would not have changed anything – so He said nothing

2. Wisdom includes knowing when to be silent

“Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.” – Proverbs 11:12

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” – Proverbs 17:28

3. We should create peace not anger with our words

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.“ – Proverbs 15:1-2

4. We need to learn how to think before we speak

“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” – Proverbs 29:20

5. Speaking our mind is not always a good thing!

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” – Proverbs 29:11

6. The basic rule for when to speak – will it help those who hear?

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29