A Good Muzzle

15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men (1 Peter 2).

The word for “silence” comes from the word for “muzzle,” and the word for “foolish” literally means “unreasoning.” Thus, Peter is using the imagery here to show that even as an unreasoning animal can be muzzled to keep it in check, so also must unreasonable men be muzzled to keep their foolish talk from spreading. And what muzzles them? Our holy behavior, which Peter simply states as “doing right,” or being “well-doers” offering simple kindness.

You know, simple kindness is a good muzzle, because it’s just so hard to knock it. After all, how does one slander or ridicule someone who opens the door for them? or who let’s them in line? or who buys their lunch for them? It’s difficult! Yes, simple kindness is a good muzzle!

Lord, help us This Day to be effective muzzles! Amen.