No Response is Needed

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Mark 9:5-6 “And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.”

Peter made the mistake that many people make daily when he felt he had to say something when he should have said nothing at all. Verse 6 says about Peter’s response, “For he wist not what to say;…” Peter had just seen Jesus transfigured, and the magnificence of what he saw made him feel that he had to say something, but what he said was foolish. Jesus didn't come to set up His kingdom on earth, but He came to save the lost. Peter’s feeling that he should say something caused him to look foolish with his response.

There are many times in life when you will feel like you need to say something when no response is really needed. Many people have gotten themselves into much trouble by saying something when no response was the best response. You have to understand that there are times when no response is needed. Let me share with you several instances when no response is needed.

First, no response is needed when you are in a heated argument. Many people feel they have to respond in an argument when that is really the best time not to respond. Just because you have a good comeback that will make you feel like you won in the argument does it mean that you should respond. You will find that you may win the argument but lose the relationship by responding when you should not respond. There are times when the best response in a heated argument is no response at all.

Second, no response is needed when someone attacks you. Just because people say bad things about you does it mean that you need to respond. I have learned that people who attack want you to respond, but the best response to the scorner’s attack is to continue doing the LORD’s work. A response to the scorner’s attack will never satisfy the scorner, so don't come down from the wall to give them the pleasure that they forced you to respond.

Third, no response is needed when someone asks your opinion. Just because someone wants your opinion does it mean that you HAVE to give it. If what people are asking your opinion about has nothing to do with your area of responsibility, you should keep your opinion to yourself. Likewise, if your opinion on a situation is your area of responsibility but not the area of responsibility of the one asking your opinion, then don't give your opinion to them. You don't have to give an opinion just because someone thinks you need to give your opinion.

Fourth, no response is needed when people demand an answer. You will find that people are setting you up when they demand that you give an answer. When someone says that you have to give an answer, that is the best time not to respond. God is the only One who deserves a response when demanding an answer; otherwise, give no response when people demand you give an answer to a situation.

Fifth, no response is needed when you don’t know what to do or say. If you don't know what to say, don't say anything at all. It is better not to give a response when you don't know what to say than to give a response and look foolish. Silence is sometimes the wisest response to a situation, especially when you don't know what to say.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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