The Silent One
By Kathryn Taylor

Lord,
You stood before accusers
And never said a word~
Tongues were speaking lies,
As sharp as any sword...
Your silence was resounding~
It echoed through the land~
You didn’t defend Yourself
Or try to take a stand...
With strength, You didn’t speak~
By faith, You stood Your ground~
In the chaos of the night
You didn’t make a sound...
I’m curious beyond words,
What would You have to say
If You had felt You needed 
To defend Yourself that day?

“Dear one,
They wouldn’t have believed
A single word I said,
For they already had decided
That they wanted Me dead~
They weren’t searching for the truth,
But for reasons to condemn~
I revealed by My silence
The true nature of these men...
To have defended their attack
Would have proven to you,
That I cared more for My life,
Then what I came here to do.”

Thank You for Your silence, Lord

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Do you ever feel bad for something you've said?... Do you wish you could take it back?... Words are very, very powerful... whether said... or withheld...
So many times, I wished that I could have held my tongue... held it when I defended myself with my out of control child... held it when I was falsely accused... held it when I tried to explain over and over again what was going on in my home... held it when I declared my innocence...

Like Jesus, sometimes there are those in our lives just waiting to prove we are the enemy... that we are the problem……so they can make sense out of what makes no sense at all going on in our homes...

Jesus was able to be silent because He knew who He was... He knew what He had to do... and He didn’t let anything or anyone sway Him from His course...

Do we?  Do we comprehend the pain we must endure to accomplish the task before us?  Did Jesus’ succeed because He got through to those He tried to help... or did He succeed by never sinning, despite everyone’s reaction to Him, and defeated death when He gave His life, fulfilling God’s will for Him?  What about you?  Do you feel like you’re succeeding only if you win them over?   Or, are you succeeding when you are staying the course facing whatever adversity comes your way?  

Like with Jesus, the only way is with God’s strength, the Holy Spirit’s power, and the grace and salvation Christ offers through the sacrifice He made for each and every one of us.

Thank you, Lord, for your silence and Your life...

KT 





Proverbs 18:21 
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Matthew 15:18 
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
Ephesians 4:29 
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Matthew 12:36 
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Colossians 3:8 
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Proverbs 13:3 
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

James 1:26 
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Matthew 12:37 
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 21:23 
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Proverbs 15:4 
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

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

Psalm 19:14 
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

James 3:1-12 
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! ...

Proverbs 15:1 
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 17:27 
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 27:2 
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

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

Proverbs 17:9 
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Romans 12:14 
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Matthew 7:12 
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Proverbs 15:2 
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

John 1:1 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Proverbs 10:19 
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Luke 6:45 
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:34 
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

John 8:31 
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

Proverbs 25:11 
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Proverbs 18:13 
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 16:23-24 
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Hebrews 11:1-40 
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

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