Silent treatment is simply defined as refusing to talk to someone who desires verbal communication. Silent treatment is damaging to any relationship. It makes the one on the receiving end feel insignificant or unimportant. It is especially more hurtful when it’s from someone you love. The truth is that many times we give the Holy Spirit the ‘silent treatment’. Can you imagine making the Spirit of God, your Counselor feel that way? Although this grieves his heart, he will not struggle or contend with us because he is a gentle spirit.
You may wonder how we do this. I’m glad you asked.
You see, when we go about our business every day without talking to Him, making decisions without checking with Him or when he tries to speak to our hearts and we just ignore Him and go right along on our ways, we are giving Him the silent treatment.
That is what we are doing unwittingly.
If you have ever been at the receiving end of a silent treatment situation you know it hurts deeply. Ephesians 4:30 states “do not bring sorrow to God’s holy spirit by the way you live” NLT. It is not only an act of sin, but it limits how much the Holy Spirit can do in your life. As many of us of as are guilty of this, we need to quit it and repent immediately.
You may ask “what do I do now?” The solution is provided in Prov. 3:5-6. “Acknowledge him in all your ways”. The Holy Spirit is given to us as the counselor and teacher to teach us all truths. Listen for His direction and voice. Know why He is with you as in John 14:16. Above all, never ever silence your conscience. The Spirit bears witness with your spirit (Rom. 8:16). If you want to develop a relationship with God and with His Holy Spirit, start listening again. Expect his voice as that of a friend, a guide, who is with you always and will never leave you or forsake you. Start trusting and leaning on Him again. This will make the journey more blissful and more fulfilling.