by: FCC Staff
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
Last Friday we learned that a kind word can set aside wrath. When we are engulfed in the flames of dissention and hatred, we can douse ourselves with kindness and wisdom, abating the metaphorical flames of conflict. But choosing foolishness? That’s like standing amongst the flames and pouring gasoline all over yourself. The end results aren’t pretty.
It takes a level head and a peaceful heart to commend wisdom. Rarely, if ever do we say or do anything wise in a moment of rage, despair, or lustful passion. It may seem satisfying in the moment, but really it only stands to make matters worse. Adding more foolishness to an already bad situation compounds the misery of everyone involved.
Running late for church? Yell at the family, stomp around the house, white knuckle the steering wheel as we to race to church, disregarding the safety of others. Now you have a bitter family, and possibly a traffic ticket and guess what? Still late for church. Didn’t solve anything.
Mourning a loss and feeling sad? That’s perfectly understandable, and healthy. But try and cope with too much food or alcohol, or turn to any harmful, sinful, behaviors and great… now you have a substance abuse issue on top of your loss. Or even worse, your choices end tragically and now someone is mourning you.
Wisdom, is a steady, consistent stream. Folly pours out of us like an uncontrolled tidal wave. Foolish behavior can wash away the very support systems, resources and relationships we need most in life. Any way you slice it, folly isn’t a winning move.
“But they are being horrible, they need to get what’s coming to them. I need to set aside kindness and mercy and just get them back!” we might say. Nope. That’s folly too.
Paul tells us in Romans 12:19-21: "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
You heard that right. Showing kindness and a servant’s heart to even our enemies, is like pouring hot coals on their head. Choosing to avenge ourselves is like pouring hot coals on our own. If you REALLY want someone to get what they have coming, leave it to Jesus. Either at the cross, or on the Day of Judgement, Jesus will deal with the sins of those who sin against us. Our petty vengeance only harms us, it can’t possibly add anything to the justice Jesus has established.
So today, let’s choose wisdom. Even when it seems that wisdom is counter-intuitive, let’s follow Christ and confirm his wisdom. Not poor out more foolishness into a world that is already very broken.
Prayer for Today.
Father, help me to trust your wisdom for today. Jesus show me how your love and sacrifice is the solution to sin, my own and that of others. By your Holy Spirit, guide me today so that I can see the path of wisdom before me. Let my life confirm your wisdom, Jesus. Amen.