He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7
Keeping quiet and not talking back is a difficult thing for many people to do. They have their ‘rights’ and will make it known. Most will not just allow anyone and everyone to abuse them or speak bad about them.
It is common today that when something bad is said or done, the person will file a lawsuit against the offender. They attempt to strike back and get revenge for what was done wrong. Others will not do the lawsuit, but will talk back, getting mad at the person and letting everyone else know what was done wrong.
Isaiah has a prophesy about Jesus in that He will be oppressed and afflicted, yet will not say a word. He will allow Himself to be led to the slaughter without talking back.
Jesus was the only perfect person who did not deserve any punishment. Yet, He took on the punishment for the sins of every person in all of history so that they might live.
As He was being abused and beaten, He did not cry out in anger or retaliation, but accepted it.
It is common for believers today to be just like the world in talking back. They will not be silent about their ‘rights’. They will draw up lawsuits and fight back.
Acting in this way is not acting as Jesus did and would do. He always acted in love and compassion.
Every believer needs to work on being quiet as Jesus was quiet. Leave the vengeance to God and just show love and compassion, trusting God to get him through the situation.
There will be times when people will do things wrong to you. Sometimes it will be done because you are believer, other times it will be done just out of being mean.
You have a choice on how you will respond. You can be like the world and talk back, cursing the person and attempting to get revenge for what was done wrong. Or you can keep quiet and continue to show love, trusting God to deal with the situation in His way and time.
Jesus took everything for you and you are to be just like Him to the world.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength to be silent when needed; that you will show God’s love and not anger to others; and that you will speak God’s love into the lives of others.