40 Days: 9) Haters Need Hugs

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When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. (John 19:6-9 ESV)

The power of silence.

My friends in high school used to say: “You can be silent so that people might think you’re stupid, or you can speak and leave no doubt in their minds!” It may have been in jest, but since then I’ve been conscious of my words. Actually my desire is to become the cool era Miles Davis of speaking – slow things down, strip things to their bare essentials so as to be more precise in what I say. It’s definitely still a major work in progress.

I’m reminded of what John Acuff said:

A few months ago, I tweeted,

“The best response to haters is:”

That was the whole tweet. The rest was blank. There was nothing after that colon. Why? Because that’s about as much emotional thought as a hater deserves.

It’s okay to drive the haters crazy every now and then.
It was easy to tweet, but a few days later I got to see if I would actually live it out. Someone hated on me on Twitter. What did I do? I hit reply and then tweet.

All the hater saw was their name and an empty tweet, and you know what I learned?

1. That drives people crazy. They think, Wait, what did he mean to tweet? His tweet got cut off!

2. It’s okay to drive the haters crazy every now and then.</blockquote>

Lebron James “I ain’t got no words!”

Ever heard the saying, “the proof is in the pudding”? What that means is that you can talk about how good your pudding-baking-skills are, but it’s until you taste it that you see how great (or not) your baking skills are?

So when Lebron would say that he “ain’t got no words”, he was doing more than quoting a rap lyric. He was reiterating the fact that all haters can watch the replays of the games. The proof is in the pudding with back to back championships.

Jesus on a much larger scale, had no words for haters. He was about to be crucified, yet still he remained faithful to the mission that was laid before to save this generation in Singapore. His final words towards God regarding the people around him at “the cross” were:

Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.

1) He chooses his words selectively.
2) He is silent if there is nothing more to say.
3) Our heart is open to the forgiveness of the master King Jesus.

Application question: how good are you at being selective with your words? Are you able to silence your soul from time to time to hear God?

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