‘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
Many times when people are trying to provoke you, they say many things about you or ask you a multitude of questions; in hopes you don’t know the answer or fail to give the right one. So what do you do?
Remember James 1:19 says, ‘let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;’ You have to be swift to hear the Holy Spirit. Oftentimes, He may lead you to say nothing or do something you really don’t want to.
Luke 6:27, 28 tells us ‘But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,.’ Jesus said ‘to you who hear’. I know you might not want to hear this, but what He’s saying here is that in those moments when the fiery darts, comments, and questions from your accusers are coming at you 95 mph, you’ve got to slow down, be quiet, don’t go off and listen for the Holy Spirit to tell you how to respond.
'...do good to those who hate you..' Do is a verb which means action is required; that could be buying your haters a gift certificate or when given the opportunity to tell others what they did, you don't. Bless literally means ‘to speak well of’; so while someone is calling you all kinda blankety-blank-blanks, you’ve got to close your mouth long enough to hear if the Holy Spirit wants you to tell that person something good or just grin and say nothing.
I know this seems impossible, but I didn't make this up. Jesus told you to and evidentially He thought you could do it. The question is are you going to do what the Lord told you? Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, the last thing I want to do is do something good for someone that is going out of their way to hate on me. But I see it in Your Word where you say I am to do good. So Lord, if the best 'good' I can do right now is to be quiet, please help me to do just that. In Jesus' name. Copyright © 2014 Real Issues Ministries®. All rights reserved.