Throwing pearls away

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Reading: Matthew 7:1-6

“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.” (v.6)

“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you….” – Proverbs 9:7-8 (NIV)

Verses 1 to 5 of Matthew 7 talk about not judging others. It reminds us of our own imperfection (and worse position), and the same probability of being judged. The context of verse 6 has always confused me—but now I understand. The focus now shifts from the one who’s judging, to the one who is being “judged” or corrected/advised. Some people are not open and receptive to correction. It is not only a waste of our time and effort correcting them, it’s also opening ourselves to attack.

The moral of the story is to assess ourselves first and clean up our act before we attempt to correct others. The latter needs wisdom and discernment. But isn’t it great to realise that we don’t always have to burden ourselves with these “responsibilities”—that by bringing everything to God in prayer, we can just let go and trust that he works things his way and in his time.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

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