Proverbs 29:24 “Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.”
There is something to be said about the quality of self-control in the keeping of our tongues. In doing so, even a fool can appear wise.
Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
It is not known for sure who said it, but the maxim rings accurate just the same.
“Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
So, one might think that silence is the better part of wisdom, and they would be right – if not for this verse I read today.
Should you and I remain silent when God’s name spoken as a curse word, we are accepting of what is said, and our silence interpreted as agreement. I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone curse, taking the Lord’s name in vain, it grieves my heart.
I believe it is the Holy Spirit crying out for us to rebuke them, or, at the very least contend with them.
Jude 3-4 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
To speak up against those who do such things is to declare who we are and where to stand. Far too many saved, children of God are living ‘incognito’ amongst those who need the salvation we have.
Is it that we are ashamed to be called a Christian, or be numbered with those who declare their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Many of us fear confrontation. Often, it is because we cannot control the outcome. Fear can be controlling. It can be restricting and put us into bondage if not dealt with properly. Knowing that fear is a spirit, and within God’s realm to control, we must give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit’s control to guide us when fear is present.
2 Timothy 1:7-8 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God“
Our silence puts us in league with the blasphemer, those who curse, and those who hate God. Our Heavenly Father tells us to take a stand, be bold, and declare who we are and what we stand for.
If we keep eternity in view, we know that we will spend far more time with God than the minuscule time we’ve spent here on earth. In light of that truth, we must determine in our hearts to not be ashamed of Who it is that saved us.
We must set our hearts to respond in such a way that they desire what we have and where we are going. To keep silent is to deny them that opportunity.
If we ask God to help us engage, we may find that they are struggling with the bondage of sin and cannot see their way clear to find release. As ambassadors for the King of Kings, we have to declare who we are and who we serve.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
We know what it is to be forgiven, to have our sins washed away, and made righteous. We know how God changed us, transformed us, and made us His child.
To those who stole, we may be that ‘snitch’ or ‘tattletale.’ But to those around us, we are declaring that we stand for truth and right. I would rather be known as one who stands for truth than be silent and thought a thief.
We do not lack for opportunities to declare who we are and for whom we stand. What we require is the boldness to stand in the face of adversity. We lack the confidence in the One who dwells within us. God promises to give us the words to speak when called out.
Luke 12:11-12 “And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
When we pray to partner with God to be His witness in whatever situation or circumstance we may find ourselves, He comes through.
God gives us protection but asks that we do all within our power to stand as well.
Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Today, whose side will you take when the world blasphemes, curses, and swears? Be silent, and you will be as one that does.