“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent,” Matthew 26:62-63
Lies. Accusations. Gossip. Slander. Betrayal. Rejection. Deceitful intentions.
Jesus experienced it all. Horrific lies. Accusations that were hurled against Him relentlessly. On-going gossip. Slandered by some of the most surprising. Betrayed by the most unexpected. Rejected by those He deeply loved. And deceitful intentions fueled His enemies who lashed out against Him on all sides … even up to the point of His crucifixion as we read in Matthew 26.
Lies were said about Jesus that were awfully cruel and hateful by people whose eyes were blind to THE TRUTH. They couldn’t see the truth because they didn’t want the truth. Therefore, they spoke in ways about Him that revealed the hatred and the selfishness in their own hearts. Time and time again, He showed the love of the Father to them, yet time and time again that love was rejected. The people that accused Him falsely, didn’t stop there — they slandered His name, betrayed Him and rejected everything He stood for, and continued to bring horrible false testimony against Him as He stood before the high priest.
But here is what fascinates me – Verse 63 in Matthew 26 says,
“But Jesus remained silent.”
He didn’t defend Himself.
He didn’t say a word in defense to their accusations.
He held His peace.
He heard their threats, He heard their whispers and all the hurtful things they were saying under their breath. He heard their scoffing and shouts of sarcasm toward His Deity. He heard their hearts as they flowed right out of their speech. Yet, when He was spit upon, beaten, mocked, rejected, betrayed, accused and lied about…
He remained silent.
This is the lesson I’m to “learn about Him” and demonstrate at this time of my life. During this exciting and wonderful move for Rip and I, we made a video for the Members sharing with them how God orchestrated all this. But in the video, Rip said, “Pray for us. We know satan’s attack is coming. He always attacks when people move forward in obeying God.”
Well, the attacks came through some of the most hurtful means – Lies. Gossip. Disrespect and worst of all, Betrayal.
Through my precious husband and other reliable sources, I’ve been told about heartbreaking gossip and slander; lies that literally have cut to our hearts. We try to mask it, but when it’s just me and him, masks are off and we both talk about the painful reality of it all. And all I can do is pray. I cry to my Lord because … as tired as I already am physically, emotionally I do not have the strength to defend myself or Rip. Nor, does God want me to.
“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much,” Proverbs 20:19.
It is so sad to me how cruel, utterly cruel, some people can be. I truly feel so sorry for them. What a life. It breaks my heart to see my husband mistreated in any way. To see him disrespected is simply too much to take. When I watch him give and give and give of himself, and in return he is disrespected, I can’t hardly hold it together. People love to talk, and some choose to talk about things they actually know very little about. It’s so heartbreaking to hear such penetrating words that come out of people’s mouths; come out like daggers …. even if it is under their breath. But when I watch my husband being mistreated, when I hear for myself the lies and the complete distorting of truth for someone else’s personal gain and I hear conversation that is threaded with such deceitful intentions and sarcasm ….
I remain silent.
I hold my peace.
I do. I remain totally silent. And pray for them as I’ve been commanded:
“bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” Luke 6:28.
I pray fervently, but I do not say a word in my defense or of Rip’s. Instead I have made this Matthew 26:60-63 decision –
“I do not engage in any conversation that is deceitful or disrespectful. I only engage in conversation that is of truth.”
There is another reason why I will not defend myself or my husband, nor will I confront the accuser, the liar, the deceiver. (Satan is who God asserts all of those names upon. He is the accuser, the father of lies and the great deceiver. A person is never more like Satan than when they are lying, deceiving and accusing.) I will not defend myself because God said this to me in His Word:
“It is mine to avenge;” Hebrews 10:30
He is letting me know, “I am your Defender. You do not need to defend yourself.”
So I remain silent.
I ask for your prayers as Rip and I move forward in His will. I ask for your prayers for those who are choosing to say and participate in such wrong and hurtful conversations. Pray for the gossipers. Pray for their heart. Pray for them. Pray they will crave TRUTH. Pray their own heart will be arrested by the love and kindness and honesty of He who is HOLY. Pray for their heart to be made whole by the love and GOODNESS of living under His Lordship. Pray for them! People lie and accuse when they want control. Pray they will yield their life to His control, down to their very speech.
It’s so sad to me how much damage gossiping and lying and accusing creates – and unfortunately, damage that can impact relationships permanently. So, I ask for your prayers as Rip and I realize the reality of certain things, and yet we remain prayerful, trusting, forgiving, and
As Rip and I had our Experiencing God devotional this morning, God lifted our chins with such reassuring words of encouragement, letting us know there is so much to learn about Him and life with Him. Be blessed by our March 13 devotional, friend … and just know that the most exciting and adventuresome life is the life of following Christ! Trials will come. Persecution will come. But with the Lord, it is all considered pure JOY! “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” James 1:2.
*Below is our devotional for today.