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Summary: The one mark that Christ said would distinguish His followers is the love they have for each other. We have shown a different picture. As a church we must stop hurting each other. We must learn to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

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Harmless

Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Introduction: The one mark that Christ said would distinguish His followers is the love they have for each other (John 13:35). Yet the history of the church has demonstrated to the world quite a different picture. Paul’s Pastoral epistles deal with a myriad of conflict and controversy among believers. As a church we must stop hurting each other. We must learn to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

I. Wise as serpents

A. Wise - intelligent, prudent, mindful of one's interests

B. Romans 16:19b “I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.”

C. Wisdom as to the Wiles of the Devil

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

D. Wisdom as to the Will of God

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

E. Wisdom as to the Way to Live as the body of Christ

1 Timothy 3:15 “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

II. Harmless as Doves

A. New Testament Greek for ' harmless ' - akeraios {ak-er'-ah-yos} unmixed, pure, without a mixture of evil, free from guile.

B. Galatians 5:14-15 “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”

C. In our Speech

1. James 3:2, 5-6 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body... Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”

2. Words can hurt. We must learn to be harmless in our speech.

3. Gossiping – Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.

a. I am more deadly than the screaming shell of the cannon. I win without killing. I tear down homes, break hearts, wreck lives. I travel on the wings of the wind. No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me, no purity pure enough to daunt me. I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenseless. My victims are as numerous as the sands of the sea and often as innocent. I never forget and seldom forgive. My name is Gossip. --Morgan Blake

b. Proverbs 16:28 “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”


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