Ever tried having a conversation without moving your lips? Unless you were recovering from oral surgery or setting a watch before your words, chances are you haven’t. At its simplest explanation, the movement of our lips allows air into our mouths, subsequently enabling the tongue and vocal boxes to their jobs, which allows us to speak.
Often times, my lips, mouth and tongue’s first reactions are the opposite of James 1:19 and the whole notion of being “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” goes quickly out the window. I want to fight fire with fire and hurt them as much as they hurt me. You and I know the feeling, just as Jesus does.
From Pilate’s court to Calvary’s cross, Jesus was egregiously taunted and berated, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and verbally. Yet he stayed silent, never parting his lips to give Satan any room to abort the birth of redemption for you and I. Jesus maintained his peace, and selflessly went to the Cross with four things.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” –2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
God gave love to sustain us, inner peace to encourage us, power to strengthen us, and sound minds to lead us. Our lips should not open to engage in vindictive tic for tact with Satan, but stay closed as we silently profess our disengagement with his lies…