“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 10:16




Jesus said,

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves;

so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”


– Matthew 10:16






See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves.

In spite of those wolves around us, who seek to eradicate the Word of God,

we will not be outdone

– not if we resolutely seek to imitate Christ and be meek and humble of heart.

He is our mentor, our example – He is the Lamb of God.


Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Christ places the serpent and the dove

together in the same sentence when He gives us this instruction.

He wants to clearly illustrate how we Christians – His followers – should act,

and how we should not.


Snakes are wise but can also be dangerous;

doves are inoffensive, but naive.

Christ, of course, wants us to adopt only the positive characteristics of both.


Our actions and words must therefore always be the fruit of wisdom and knowledge

depending on the particular circumstance which we find ourselves in,

It is snakes that have this admirable trait.


Moreover, our manner and behaviour must always reflect peace, gentleness and purity

which are qualities signified by the dove.






Guide me through life, O Lord,

that I may do Your will and not fall to the ways of the world.


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