Be Wise As Serpents And Harmless As Doves

The Commands of Jesus Series

Matthew 10:16  “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

The world is not a safe place for your soul, you better watch out for the intense warfare out there and for those that want less than the best for your eternal destiny. The world is full of wolves, those people that are working for the devil, they are ready to persuade you to leave the narrow way and join them on one of the many attractive paths that are leading to destruction.

Jesus tells us that we need to be wise and be harmless, to illustrate His point he uses a couple of animals to help us get the picture:

Snakes – I have killed a snake or two and I have learned that the snake is very evasive and can get away from his enemy pretty quick.

Doves – I have never seen an unpleasant, rude dove, they don’t usually inflict very much pain. Living as harmless as a dove requires that I avoid provoking somebody’s anger against me, it means that I have to be gentle and kind.

I need to keep my guard up against the devil’s tricks and be careful that I live my life full of grace and gentleness to those around me that need to hear the gospel so that I won’t turn them away from the truth that they need.

Thank you Lord for your word and for the truth that is there to keep us from harm.

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