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How can you be shrewd as a snake and innocent like a dove?

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

            A snake is wily, evasive, clever in getting out of situations, aware, highly sensitive and skilled at gaining an advantage.  That’s an important trait for a Christian, much better than being dull, unaware, unengaged, dumb.  A Christian should have a sharp mind.

            A dove is soft, innocent, wide-eyed, curious, peaceful.  That’s also important for a Christian, rather than being edgy, mean and hurtful.  The dove represents the heart of a Christian.  Christians must think and plan like a snake, but have the heart of a dove.