Wise and Harmless

In approaching business or personal problems, how do we quench those quick conclusions ignited, perhaps, by apparent insults to our well-intended actions? The answer appears in Jesus' words, "Be ye ... wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matt. 10:16;

In the country where Jesus lived and worked, the serpent and the dove were familiar creatures. The serpent was often used in the Bible as an example of adroitness and perceptive wisdom. The dove was frequently the picture of innocence and harmlessness. Therefore Jesus' hearers understood that the simile was used to show the necessity for perfect balance of these qualities in human thought.

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