Don’t Invest in Bad Stock

Daily God Walk for Friday, April 23, 2010

  Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.                    – Matthew 7:6

  We’ve all heard of sacred cows, but here are a couple of other animals to consider; dogs and pigs. Most of us who have dogs will on occasion give them scraps from the table, but when we do that we do not normally feed them from our finest china, neither do we put it on a silver platter. And we would never take food from our children to feed the dog.

Along the same line we would feed a pig if we had one but we would not give them our precious jewels. Jesus is trying to help us establish some relationship boundaries in this passage.

Let’s summarize what he has said about relationships in this message so far. He speaks of loving our enemies, turning the other cheek and forgiving all who offend us. Then chapter seven opens with the “thou shalt not judge others” command that has been used so often by the guilty in their own defense. He winds up those words of advice with warning us concerning worrying about the faults of others when we have issues of our own with which to deal.

In verse six he takes a left turn and begins to instruct his hearers to be careful to choose wisely the ones in whom they will invest themselves. Why is this particular instruction given at this point? I have an opinion that is based upon experience.

Some people respond to the grace of forgiveness and kindness and will be so moved that their lives are forever changed. There are others who will only take advantage of every kindness you extend and not be affected at all.

We must continue to invest in those who respond, even when they fail from time to time, but we are to become wiser in dealing with those who don’t respond. We are to continue to be kind and forgiving, but we must also be wise and limit our exposure. After we turn the other cheek we should duck, turn around and get out of there.

We must be careful to not invest in bad stock.

 Principle:  Being wise and careful is the other side of kind and forgiving.

 Affirmation: I am careful of where I invest my pearls.

 Prayer: Lord, Help me to be kind and forgiving as well as wise and careful with what you have entrusted to me. In Jesus name, amen.

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