What’s all the yelling about?

“But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.  So Pilate decided to grant their demand.”  Luke 23:23-24.

Being loud and insistent carried the day.

Shame on them, but wait, how often am I loud and insistent?

I live in a world where interactions happen.  He said.  She said.

Sometimes the interactions get loud.  Sometimes there is insistence involved.

In the story within today’s two verses, the loud insistence was misguided.  Those behaving this way were part of getting an innocent man crucified.  I know, it was part of God’s plan in that instance.

When I am loud and insistent, I run the risk of behaving as the accusers of Jesus did.  What if I’m wrong?  Will my voice’s volume, and my insistence, lead to a misguided result?

There is Scripture that tells me that “a soft answer turns away wrath.”  In an emergency, my loud voice is necessary.  Insistence may be required too.  Otherwise, I need “soft” and “reasonable.” Easy for me to write.  Hard for me to live out.

The older I get the more “right” I am!  Sadly, the other “older” people in my life are also getting more “right.”  What could go wrong?  Plenty!

I must be filled with the Holy Spirit and talk accordingly.  Every word I use must be a gift from God to someone else.

I recall rough conversations and I assure myself that the Holy Spirit was not pleased by what He heard, in fact, He was grieved.  I MUST NOT grieve the Holy Spirit.  I want Him running me.

Conclusion: My words must be Spirit-saturated.

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