Be Quiet or Be a Slave
‘And as He said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge Him vehemently, and to provoke Him to speak of many things:’ Luke 11:53 (KJV)
Urge in Greek means ‘to ensnare, to entangle, or to quarrel against.’ Have you ever been in a situation where someone was trying to urge and provoke you? You know, where people were trying to get you to;
1. Say things you shouldn’t say.
2. Put the blame on someone.
3. Get you to argue which gets you out of love.
4. Get you so upset that you’d say something out of anger.
5. Make you think you needed to justify your actions.
6. Put you in a position where you had to prove them wrong so you can prove yourself right.
I know you’ve been urged before; we all have. But notice the other definition of urge: it means ‘to entangle.’ So whenever you start poppin’ off - you entangle yourself; which means the moment you do, you voluntarily go into bondage. You immediately become a slave to that person because now they're in control of your emotions and the situation. So what’s the solution? Be quiet! Being quiet is the only way you can stay free from this type of slavery.
Don’t argue, don’t blame, don’t find fault and certainly don’t take it upon yourself to point out that persons flaws. Colossians 3:12, 13 says ‘Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, l-o-n-g-s-u-f-f-e-r-i-n-g; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint (quarrel, blaming or finding fault) against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also MUST do.’
Bottom line – put your longsuffering on and forgive. Close your mouth and be quiet!
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, I ask You to help me to be quiet. I know this person is trying to urge and provoke me and I want to let them have it. But Lord, Your Word says that You'll set a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips (Ps 141:3). So I'm asking You to do that for me today. In Jesus' name.
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