July 28th, 2014 | By admin
By Paul Holland
“You can’t yell at me like that!” Linus said to Lucy. “Oh?” questioned Lucy.
“I’ll yell at you when I feel like it, where I feel like it,how I feel like it, why I feel like it and as often as I feel like it!” Lucy retorted and walks away.
“Her yelling is very thorough,” Linus contemplates.
Raising our voices is an easy response. It’s like hitting. If you hit me, it’s quick and easy to just hit back. That’s child’s play (or worse). Yelling is adult play (actually, worse). If you upset me, I’ll yell at you. What does yellingreally convey? I don’t have enough self-control to reason with you. I don’t think you have enough self-control to reason with me. I want to intimidate you so that you will cower and submit.
Do you think Jesus ever yelled? He “cried out with a loud voice” when He was hanging on the cross (Matt. 27:46, 50). Besides that context, the only reference I have found to Jesus raising His voice is when He cried out to Lazarus “come forth!” (John 11:43). Of course, Lazarus was dead! Seriously, that occasion was more to showcase the miracle He was performing. It certainly was not due to anger or malice.
Rather, in Matthew 12:19, Matthew (quoting Isaiah 42:1-3) says of Jesus: “He will not quarrel, nor cry out; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.”
You and I should take the example of Jesus, and other New Testament teaching, to heart and work on self-control relative to the volume at which we speak. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ Jesus also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:31-32).