Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Remember the saying “Silence is Golden?” Being silent is one of the hardest things for us to do, and yet depending on the situation we can be silent, right ladies? We have no problem with being silent when we are upset or mad at our husband.
But what about those moments when someone says something to you that you don’t like, or when your feelings got hurt? It’s in those moments that we normally would not be silent especially when the person is not related to us. Oh, yeah for us to tell a complete stranger what we think is so easy for us.
And yet according to this scripture when we don’t shoot off at the mouth we are using intelligent, while the other person is showing him or herself to be a fool. And normally when this happens it happens around other people who are witnessing the abuse and in our minds we don’t want others to think that we are weak or that we don’t know how to stand up for ourselves. (It brings back those old memories of being at the school-house being taunted by the school-bully).
We don’t want our image to be broken do we? So we get into a brawl with the fool and now there are two fools acting like they have no intelligence. We all have one time or another been in this situation and the way we are to handle it is to “BE SILENT” we are not to allow what they say draw us into a shouting match.
You can do more by being silent then by the words you say. We are to stand up for ourselves but if that person is shouting we are to be silent and walk away. Let them act a fool and you remain wise with wisdom you have chosen. Now your flesh will not agree for it would rather get into an argument, but you keep using Godly Wisdom.
When they see that you are not arguing with them and your being silent it will eat at them, they aren’t going to understand how you can just be silent and walk away,(the reason they can’t understand it is because they don’t understand Godly principles) and they never will until obtain wisdom.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thy own understanding but in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths