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OCTOBER 20

 

Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves

Matt. 10:16.

 

 Oh, that all the Lord’s dear people could learn the value of wisdom in connection with their endeavors to serve the Truth! Our Lord not only taught us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves, but He exemplified this lesson in His own course, saying on another occasion to the Apostles, “I have many things to tell you, but ye cannot bear them now.” We, too, should learn that there are opportune and inopportune times for mentioning certain truths, and that there are wise and unwise methods of presenting them. It is not enough that we do not speak untruths; it is not enough that we speak the truth; additionally we should see to it that we speak the truth in love, and love that is trained uses wisdom that it may accomplish more good.

 

 

Parallel passages: Luke 10: 3; Rom. 16: 19;Eph. 5:15; 1.Cor. 14: 20; Phil. 2:15; 1.Cor. 9:19-23; 2.Cor. 12: 6; Judges. 8:1-3; 1.Kings 3: 24-28; Acts 23: 6-10.