Jesus says in Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God, rather than burnt offerings.
As Paul, I too, resolve to know nothing except Christ Jesus and Him crucified. I would rather keep my mouth shut if it is not useful for the good and edification of the body of Christ; by not allowing my tongue any freedom to destroy or cause my brother to stumble. If I must hold it down with my teeth; biting it and tightly shutting my lips closed, then so be it.
I should always pray:
Lord, if I must speak, then let Your Words flow from my mouth like a refreshing spring; but if I must keep silent, then let my heart rejoice in the fact that Your Spirit is moving where I cannot see with the eyes of this world, but with the eyes of the spirit. That as I am silent, worshiping you, by trusting you completely, without any thought of myself, whatsoever, your Spirit is praying through me with words I cannot utter or explain, all to the glory of your name.
Stand at the Cross of Jesus Christ, with the unshakeable knowledge that your sins have been Atoned for through Jesus Christ.
Your Redemption has been finalized by His death. You are already made perfect in Him. His love never will be shaken in you. Your sins have been justified through His shed blood. Therefore, you never have to justify yourself, you have been justified by your faith in Jesus Christ,.
You do not have to follow the lust of self-vindication when other’s persecute you because of His Name. The Kingdom of God in not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?"
Or who has been His counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"
For From Him and Through Him and To Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.