Have you ever taken someone’s advice only to regret it later? Sometimes what sounds like wisdom isn’t really wise. My son, Max, said in a recent sermon based on James 3:13-18, “Wisdom does not dwell in the heart of one who is controlled by emotion.”
A Chinese proverb says, “If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum.” You laughed, didn’t you? I did.
Jesus Christ said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” (Matthew 5:43-46a)
Not only did Jesus say it, but He did it and set the example by loving us when we were yet His enemies (Romans 5:10).
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president said, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” Sounds much wiser than giving each of their children war drums, don’tcha think?