The Power of Silence

Often we feel the need to keep talking and arguing, but sometimes putting out a simple statement of truth or a challenge, and then remaining silent gives the truth time to work on human hearts. People have to think on what you have said. Give them time and they may change or at least they may back off from attacking you.
For example, the Jews caught a woman in adultery and brought her to Jesus to see what judgment He would pronounce upon her. He challenged them that the one without sin should stone her first. Then this happened, “And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst” (John 8:8-9).
His simple statement, followed by silence, drove the truth home, so much so that they all left, knowing that they had been outsmarted, because they were like the woman, sinners.
Try silence after dispensing truth and see what happens.

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Don Ruhl

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