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The Silent Treatment
I am sure at one time we have all been on the receiving end of the silent treatment. It will almost always have been dished out by someone close to us, maybe a child, maybe a significant other half, maybe you have been the one giving it?Research has shown that the act of ignoring or excluding activates the same area of the brain that is activated by physical pain. It is a passive aggressive way of someone letting you know they are not happy with you or what you have done, or you with them, and ultimately if not addressed can destroy a relationship.
In considering our relationship with God do not mistake him for someone who gives us the silent treatment. He does not ignore us if we have “misbehaved” or done something we aren’t proud of. He loves us unconditionally despite these things. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. If it feels like God is being silent, the first place we must look is at ourselves. We know God hasn’t changed his outlook, approach or perspective, it is more likely that we have. This is certainly the case in my experience and in these situations, I would look back and try to understand what changed, asking God for insight into this. If today it feels like God is on mute, go and read the Psalms start at the beginning and read until something resonates with you. When you find it stay there and let it sink in.