Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Controversy and Silence

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 her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

"Eschew controversy, my brethren, as you would eschew the entrance to hell itself. Let them have it their way; let them talk; let them write; let them correct you; let them traduce* you; let them judge and condemn you; let them slay you. Rather let the truth of God suffer itself, than that divine nature in you to be a controversialist."
(Alexander Whyte, quoted by Oswald Chambers in "Baffled to Fight Better" in The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers p. 62)

"Heal me of this lust of mine of always vindicating myself."
(Augustine, quoted by Oswald Chambers same page as above.)

*Traduce: To expose to contempt or shame by means of false statements or misrepresentation; to represent as blamable; to vilify. (

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