Matthew 10:16

“The serpent dove” comes from a verse in Matthew chapter 10. It is found in verse 16 when Jesus is talking, saying, “Look, I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents (wise) and as harmless as doves (gentle).”

Reading that verse for the first time caused me to think of how the devil took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden and tricked Adam and Eve into the Fall and it almost scared me to read (let alone use it as a blog title). But I recognized how wise the devil actually was in his trickery– and I realize that it is not trickery that Jesus wants from us, but the understanding of how the world works and the wisdom to step out and fight for the people in it. This, paired with gentleness can bring life to the dead. Gentleness meaning compassion, wise speech, a heart that is slow to anger and quick to give encouragement, and a truth speaker, among other characteristics.

When I first read that verse it hit me hard how REAL it was. It caused an idea to spark in my heart about a blog title (I had been searching one for a few months already) simply because these are Jesus’ exact instructions–to be wise about the evils and temptations of the devil, the world, and our own nature, but to also be gentle in battling with these three forces because a gentle spirit drives out evil AND, after all, Jesus showed much more gentleness in his death than we EVER deserved or could show with our life.

My prayer for this blog is to shine Jesus’ light in the dark world that we live in and to answer questions that I know I have always struggled with, wrestled with, and still question. I hope that along the way I can help people realize the love Jesus has for us and the grace he is longing to give us.

I plan to be as honest and real in each of my posts– admitting my faults, weaknesses, and mistakes because aren’t trust and grace such wonderful things?! I also want to be able to share the joy and happiness that I find in everyday things that God has created for us and I hope that you find joy in them too. I pray that God works through this blog and through me and that you will connect with our Father, the Creator, through it. God bless you.

Love, your brother.

-SM

shrewd:having or showing an ability to understand things and to make good judgments : mentally sharp or clever

gentle:having or showing a kind and quiet nature : not harsh or violent

: not hard or forceful

: not strong or harsh in effect or quality

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