harmless as doves wise as serpents
This is a great demonstration of how we are to handle persecution and resistance to Gods work whether its a mission work in the jungles of Africa, a simple friendship, or
It says Nehemiah "countered with prayer ( harmless as a dove) and set up a guard against them ( wise as serpents)"
We must have both aspects if we are to succeed. We must turn our spouses , friends, bosses etc insults or harsh corrections to prayer but not be foolish and think we are not to guard our hearts against the false accusations or even the misrepresentation of their approach as compared to Gods loving approach.
As we pray we release that person from our judgements which qualifies the Lord to move on behalf of his word and as we guard our hearts it prevents bitterness from rising up in us which eventually will kill us, both spiritually and physically
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