Scripture says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will reject the intelligence of intelligent people.” The world with its wisdom was unable to recognize God in terms of His own wisdom. So God decided to use the nonsense of the Good News we speak to save those who believe. God’s nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
We dare to say these good things about ourselves only because of our great trust in God through Christ, that He will help us to be true to what we say, and not because we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success comes from God.
Rather, “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 upon his head.” Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.