Don’t Entertain Foolishness
“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” (Proverb 26:4-5, New King James Version)
Foolishness is defined as the “lack of good sense or judgment; stupidity.” The verses from Proverbs 26:4-5 teach us how to address the person who acts foolishly. Verse 4 explains that when a person acts foolishly, we are not to stoop to their level because we will become just like them. At times people will challenge us with an attitude that is not Christ-like, hoping to get a rise out of us. However, verse 5 teaches us to refrain from reacting and keep our tongues from yelling evil and hurtful things to one another. Proverbs 18:21 confirms this by saying “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverb 13:3 states, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Proverbs 15:1 confirms that “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” As my mother used to say, “Think before you speak.” We are taught to seek peace and harmony amongst each other. At all costs, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” Don’t let anyone steal your joy.
Father God, thank you for your loving-kindness. Please forgive me for all my sin. Thank you for your love, grace, and mercy. Father, you said in James 1:5 that “if I lack wisdom, I can ask You for it because you give it liberally and without reproach and You will give it to me. Father, fill me with Your wisdom and Your anointing to walk in it so I can live a life pleasing to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.