The Ministry of Silence

  • Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
  • Proverbs 21:23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
  • Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned…”
  • Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Jesus exercised silence on different occasions. He waited for wisdom before He responded (i.e. dealing with the adulteress, paying taxes). We need to do the same and ask wisdom before we respond. In many situations, the ministry of silence is required. It is not right to gossip, to criticize, to grumble, to judge, or to condemn. It is not right to respond in anger to someone’s frustration of us. It is not right to criticize even if the person did something wrong. It is not right to share our opinion and cause division (Proverbs 6:19). We have the option of giving a gentle answer to turn away wrath rather than a harsh word which stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1). Ephesians 4:2 says it well: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Let’s exercise the ministry of silence as much as possible to have less things to ask forgiveness for later.

How to exercise the ministry of silence:
  1. Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” In this world, we can say almost anything we want and to anyone we want as most everything is permissible but that doesn’t make it right or beneficial (1 Corinthians 6:12). We should not indulge the flesh and give others a piece of our minds, criticize, gossip, grumble, etc.
  2. If there’s someone you don’t like or something you don’t like about an individual, there is no need to share. Ask God to help you to love them and change your heart. Pray for that individual and/or the situation.
  3. When there’s an argument, respond with a gentle answer if you must answer at all. Love the other person. Judas was betraying Jesus and He knew it yet He still called him friend.
  4. It’s not necessary to give our opinion, our 2 cents, when nothing good will come out of it. It may be better not to say a word.

Call to action:
Examine where you get in trouble, hurt others or simply frustrate others by what you say. Determine to change your ways and learn to exercise the ministry of silence.