Do not lie to one another. Colossians 3:9
Grandma’s advice couldn’t be more to the point – if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything. How often we fail to heed this sage idiom only to regret our mental lapse. Angry words followed by immediate remorse. But it’s in our nature to argue when accused and to refute every recrimination, right?
Difficult as remaining silent is, important healing can result. It is essential that we not escalate a situation by allowing our pride to hijack our vocal chords into saying horribly damaging utterances. It ain’t easy to batten down the floodgates of a tongue ready to pour forth insults, but it’s worth it.
Realizing mere accusations could do nothing to Him, Jesus turned the other cheek and allowed His critics to say what they would. It couldn’t have been easy to endure the lies, but He did. Jesus remakes our minds with the patience and love necessary to do the same.
Jesus, give me patience to endure. Amen.