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Hold Your Tongue

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Lord Kenyon

Lord Kenyon

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16

Lord Kenyon was a Chief Justice of England who greatly simplified the law. King George III had a high opinion of him and Kenyon also held the king in warm regard. However, Kenyon was prone to lose his temper and often did so in court. King George and others considered this a grave fault in one who held so high a position. During one of the king’s receptions, shortly after Kenyon had one of his outrageous explosions in the Court of King’s Bench, the king said to him: “My Lord Chief Justice, I hear that you have lost your temper, and from my great regard for you, I am very glad to hear it, for I hope you will find a better one.”

The contrast between Kenyon and Christ could hardly have been more pronounced. Christ responded wisely to attacks on himself and only became angry when people disrespected God or trod on other people under the guise of religion. When appropriate, Christ remained completely silent, as he did at his trial before Pilate, except to speak a few words intended to enlighten the governor regarding eternal truth.