Lesson #12: Silence is Golden

1 Peter 3

1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

I am not good at keeping quiet. Last week, a wise and dear friend shared the verses above with me, reminding me that once the Word has been shared, sometimes silence (and lots of private prayer!) is the only solution. I like to talk. I like to share. I always hope that if I have done something I shouldn’t have, someone would be generous enough to point it out to me, even though I might not take it well at first. Because of this, I feel that I am helping someone else if I do the same thing. Not always true, as it turns out.

During one of our Bible times this week, as we read 1 Corinthians, I was deeply challenged by the following passage:

1 Cor. 14

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

A lot of people have a lot of special interpretations around these verses, trying to explain that they don’t really mean what they say. My view is that if the plain sense of scripture makes sense, seek no other sense. Don’t muddy the waters: the concepts are hard enough to implement, let’s not make them hard to understand, too.

I talk too much as it is, and certainly in Church. God has gently used a lot of different avenues to point out to me that often discretion really is the better part of valour, and that I need to learn the gentle art of listening.

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