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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.

15:18 Angry or Calm?

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention. Proverbs 15:18

Quarreling men

Christian astronomer and apologist Hugh Ross tells that following one of his talks, an angry man, who had avoided the lecture itself, began ranting at the start of the question and answer period. The tension in the room rose as this man, who described himself as an atheist, gushed hostility.

By calmly and prayerfully answering with facts, Ross deflected the man’s antagonism and was able to share the gospel.

Christ also deflected antagonism by remaining calm. There were times when his enemies tried to trap him; he answered wisely and then left them speechless, and the argument was at an end, when he posed questions to them that they could not answer.

However, one of the most astonishing incidents did not develop as Christ’s enemies expected. The Jewish Council had sent soldiers to arrest him, but the men returned empty handed. Asked why, they replied simply, “Never man spoke as this man spoke.” Contention was deflected because the Lord had calmly proceeded with the work given him by the Father.

19:11 Patient Lalla

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

The Lost Prince

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger and his glory is to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11

One of the most beautiful incidents I have seen in any movie involves the behavior of Lalla, who is rearing John, the epileptic son of George V and Mary in The Lost Prince.

Frustrated at the restrictions and training forced upon him, John’s brother George lashes out against Lalla with cruel words, the gist of which is that all her efforts are futile. Instead of reacting sharply, Lalla pulls the boy to her and kisses the top of his head soothingly. In that gesture was something of the spirit of Christ who from the cross begged forgiveness for those who had nailed him there.