Jesus said for us to be “wise as serpents, but gentle as doves” Matt 10:16.
So the wolves and vipers of the world attack us when we approach them to tell them the Truth. Filled with knowledge, but having no desire to change, they like to use carnal knowledge as a defence against spiritual truth. No matter how humbly, patiently or compassionately we come, they love to accuse us of not being as gentle as doves, hence they do not believe we are sent by Christ to charge them to repent.
By so doing, only Christ Himself can approach them. However, remember what their kind did to Him when He came to call them to repentance? They accused Him of having an evil spirit, of working by the power of Satan, of blaspheming against God, and eventually, they killed Him! What better treatment can we expect?
They may be hard to spot, but when one spots a viper, do not try to engage them to convert them. We are not sent to vipers but to the lost sheep! Jesus also warned against casting our pearls among arrogant and dangerous beasts whose desires are not to listen and change, but to rip you to shreds!
There is no bird, however wise or gentle, that can convince a serpent that it can fly! Serpents are cursed to crawl on their bellies, and those who choose to become vipers are only out to add to their number those who are cursed. There is also no sheep that can turn a wolf into a friend, however smart or gentle!
Yes, you can learn from observing the serpent. Be as wise and crafty as they are. It will help as you avoid them and some fiesty and dangerous birds, like the vultures. But remain true to who you are. Remain gentle as a dove and humble as a sheep, that you may be distinguished as true followers of the Christ.
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