The “Stopper” of Self-Justification

Sew my lips

“A frantic stream of words flows from us because we are in a constant process of adjusting our public image.  We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us that we talk in order to straighten out their understanding. If I have done some wrong thing (or even some right thing that I think you may misunderstand) and discover that you know about it, I will be very tempted to help you understand my action. Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justification.

“One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our justifier. We don’t need to straighten others out.”

-Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline, p.101

“Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.” (Mark 15:3-5)

7 thoughts on “The “Stopper” of Self-Justification

  1. Christy

    I am… speechless. This is a hard, gripping truth that seared my heart. In essence, He’s asking, “Do you know me as your justifier and judge?”. Ouch.

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    1. Love you, Aunt G, it’s always good to ask whether we’re just big mouths who need a time out. I remember you once saying something about fasting “voices.” I loved that and I think of it along the same lines. 😘


  2. Meredith

    Wow, that’s such a great reminder. Really needed this message at this precise moment. Thanks so much for sharing! Praying that God will SEW MY MOUTH SHUT! 🙂

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  3. Rudy

    Just read this and that is so true. In Isa. 58 the Lord tells us what to fast. I am convinced that He is telling us to fast our words and let His word come out of our mouth- grace and life. Can you tell imagine how different our lives would be if we did this could consistently.

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