Be Shrewd As Snakes and Innocent As Doves

I sometimes wonder if I’m becoming naive. It used to be that I was really jaded and suspicious of most everyone. That’s the only way to be a good Batman. My journey so far swings in extremes, I’ve gone the complete opposite to break out of old patterns and now finding equilibrium.

I once saw a pastor write ‘love everyone, but trust is earned.’ Even Jesus wouldn’t have his disciples to be so trusting. He wasn’t.

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
Matthew 10:16

That’s the balance I’ve been working on, part of it is setting boundaries, and finding where I will not bend. In studying this verse, I looked into a thesaurus for synonyms for shrewd and innocent.

It didn’t make it much easier. Using what I found, Jesus says to be sharp, clever, and knowing while simultaneously being pure, impeccable, and sinless. It reminded me of John 2:24-25.

But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

It cross-referenced John 6:61, 64.

Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, Does this offend you?

Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.

Jesus could read people, knew their motives and levels of belief. We should too. The world is dangerous and will only get more so.

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