Christ was the greatest master teacher that has ever lived. In his style of imparting knowledge he made his points by drawing on simple stories that his listeners could easily relate to. In Matthew 10:16 he stated: “Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves”. The dove is the symbol of gentleness and innocence. It is defenceless, faithful to its mate and home loving. Jesus Christ made us to understand that the world is full of unbelievers who are nasty, brutal and inhuman. These he likened to wolves. Since we have to live with them in the meantime, he said we should know how to use our senses, based on prayer to God, to meander our way to avoid their snares while adopting the peaceful and harmless attitude of doves. The implications of this charge by Jesus Christ are weighty and many have only remembered it after they had fallen into one crisis or the other. We should be on our guard all the time by God’s grace. – Ephesians 5:16; 1 Peter 5:8, 9.
TEXT : “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” - Philippians 2:15
COMMENT: Worshippers of God Almighty are those who have made the vow to do His will and to follow the teachings of His Son Jesus Christ for their own blessings and salvation in the end. Such people strive to keep the commandments of God so as not to offend Him in any way while they also endeavour not to hurt their fellow man. This is what Apostle Paul had in mind when he charged the Christians in Philippi to be blameless and harmless. The true disciples have to carry on in the Christian vocation irrespective of the waves of sin threatening to overrun them. Such ones understand that those given to perversions are acting under the influence of satan the devil who has been the father of lies and has been a murderer from the beginning. (John 8:44) Of course true disciples have to constantly exercise faith in God and be prayerful for His guidance, sustenance and strength. Scripture says “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” - Ephesians 6:10-13.