A Grandmother’s Words of Wisdom
By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | June 9, 2017
I was blessed while growing up that I was able to know, to learn from, and to remember most of my grandparents. My great grandmother died when I was about 8 years old, but I was old enough able to know and remember her. She was a short, stubborn, German farmer’s wife, but was very wise, and a strong Christian woman of great faith and understanding. Words I will always remember from her was to not be angry with a person that has done wrong, to instead “treat a fool with kindness.” As a child those simple words didn’t make much sense to me, but today, when put into greater context, and Romans 12:19-21 it makes great sense.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:19-21
Unrighteous anger feeds on anger, and unrighteous anger is sinful and destructive. Vengeance is not ours, but the Lord’s. Trust in the Lord, and in his righteousness, Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”