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Shrewd and Innocent

Have you ever considered that God wants us to be wise and knowledgeable as a part of his plan for us? That maybe the ability to comprehend certain concepts or situations is a gift that will launch us into our purpose. God uses everyone for his plan because he knows us fully and what we can achieve when we use our gifts and follow Jesus.

There are some people out there who think lowly of Christians because of who we believe in. We don’t have to be angry with them or convince them to think of us differently, but we should know as Christians who Jesus calls us to be. And that is shrewd and innocent. In Matthew 10:16 Jesus says “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Shrewd meaning sharp, wise, alert, intelligent, etc. Innocent meaning blameless, upright, honest, gentle, etc.

Let’s start with being shrewd. It’s important to be aware of who we are following and what they are teaching us. Information is readily available for many people to access, and ignorance cannot be an excuse forever. As Jesus said, we are amongst wolves, and people can be dangerous and deceiving. We cannot be led astray when we know Gods word in our heart. The devil is in this world to steal, kill, and destroy but with knowledge and understanding we can save our souls by being aware of his tricks and schemes.

Here are some tools to use to help with being shrewd.

1. Acquire knowledge and understanding in his word (Matthew 6:33)

2. Seek good counsel (Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 13:20)

3. Be aware of who you surround yourself with (Proverbs 14:7)

4. Be open to correction (Proverbs 15:31-32)

How about innocence? In a world consumed with painful experiences and emotions, we are bound to cross paths with someone who has been hurt or we have been hurt ourselves. Unfortunately, some people have had their innocence taken away at a young age. It’s important to empathize and understand those who are struggling with a loss of innocence, but we cannot let that compromise our innocence. Because God calls for us to be shrewd, we can protect ourselves by using the above tools and discern who we are getting close to.

Here are some tools to use to help with being innocent or maintaining innocence.

1. Imitate Jesus (Ephesians 5:1-2)

2. Be honest with one another (Colossians 3:9, Proverbs 12:17, Proverbs 12:22)

3. Monitor content consumption (Romans 16:19)

4. Help one another (Psalm 112:5, Galatians 6:2)

Being shrew as well as innocent is important to comprehend because one without the other creates an imbalance. Some people are shrewd, but they jump at the opportunity to deceive others because they lack an innocent heart. Others can be painfully innocent and lack wisdom, so they are easily deceived. If you’re imitating Christ, its important to be both shrewd and innocent.

Proverbs 9:9 “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”

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