He was oppressed and he was afflicted yet he opened not his mouth, he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before the shearer is dumb (mute) so he openeth not his mouth.
Not even so much as a plea of innocency.
Patience under affliction, meekness under reproach.
In His wisdom He could have defended Himself.
In His power He could have delivered Himself; but He spoke not a word.
He opened not His mouth, but He submitted His will to the will of the Father.
He suffered because He was in love. He was in love with you and me.
How weak our love is!
How quick we are to defend ourselves if we think we are wronged.
How many times would it have been so much better if we had opened not our mouth.
The breach is harder to repair once the words have been spoken.
What I want you to see is that while Jesus endured all the suffering of the cross and patiently allowed the reproach, the struggle for Him was over. He had settled it in His own will. He had prayed in the garden until His will came under the subjection of His Spirit.
THE STRUGGLE WAS OVER!
I didn't say the suffering was over, but the struggle was over. He would do the will of God no
matter what the cost.
It may cost you something to do the right thing.
Let me make this plainer.
We struggle. We say, "I'll try to forgive, I'll try to love so and so, I'll try to stop gossiping" ; and so we struggle.
But, listen, if you are born of God, you have the power within you to stop the struggle and do the will of God in your life.
Romans 5:5 says the love of God (the God kind of love) is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us.
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
If we allow it that God kind of love will drive hurt, bitterness, and offences out of our hearts, but we must submit to it.
I am going to tell you something that God spoke to me when I didn't want to forgive someone. Someone had hurt me, but suddenly messages won't come and something was wrong.
Believe this or not and receive this or not, it's up to you.
God asked me, "Why are you forgiven? Did you make things right?"
I said, "No, I couldn't. I'm forgiven by your blood."
He said, "Can't you forgive because of my blood?"
I realized that if I don't forgive as I am forgiven, I dishonor Jesus and His blood.
Brother and sister, either we will throw out the trash and walk in love towards each other or we won't walk with God.
You may get mad at me, but it won't change the truth.
I John 4:8 says he that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I John 4:20 says if a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I John 4:21 says and this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love his brother also.
Some people are not easy to love, but we can love them in Christ with the God kind of love that cares for their soul.
Sometimes the only way you can show love for someone is in prayer.
It is just best to only open your mouth about them when you are in prayer.
That is what Jesus did.
Let the hurt go. Give it to Jesus. Forgive as an act of your own will.
Give them over to Jesus' care and end the struggle on your part.
Jesus showed us patience in affliction and meekness in reproach.
Patience in affliction: Sometimes we pray like we just pulled up to McDonald's drive-thru;
"I'll take 2 healings and an order of bless-me."
We want everything right now.
Jesus endured the cross for what was beyond the cross. He ended the struggle.
He fixed His mind and determined to do the will of God.
James tells us there is no victory for the double-minded man. (Read James 1:1-8)
Sometimes we have one mind to please God and another mind to please ourselves.
We must end the struggle where forgiveness is concerned, where love is concerned, where our healing is concerned, and where our needs are concerned.
Philippians 4:8 tells us to choose what we think on.
Fix your mind:
1. Choose your thoughts.
2. Cast down unrighteous thoughts and carnal reasonings.
3. Determine to do what God's Word says.
4. Get in agreement with the word where your mouth is concerned.
Can 2 walk together except they agree?
The unsettled mind or double-minded says, "I serve God as best I can, but I do have to make a living."
The settled mind says, "I'll do whatever God says, and He will meet my need."
The 3 Hebrew children had ended the struggle. They said whatever happens, we will not bow to the idol.
Steven ended the struggle. As the stones fell on him he said what Jesus said, "Forgive them."
I want to close with Psalm 112. This is a promise for the settled heart.
Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly
in his commandments.
Ps 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Ps 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Ps 4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Ps 5 A good man showeth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Ps 6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Ps 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
Ps 8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
Ps 9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
Ps 10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.