Christians: Listen To Your Gut

 

Have you ever gotten that gnawing feeling that you ought not have anything to do with a particular person or situation? Have you ever ignored that feeling because the Bible says we ought to love everyone, even those who hate us?

It is true that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, but what is also true is that we must rightly divide the word of truth. A scripture passage we often ignore says this:

"Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.' Matthew 10:16

Because we the Holy Spirit living in us, we will often be warned off from dangerous situations. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to get involved in schemes for doing good and for forming committees, but was given the big red flag in my gut.

Sometimes I've been warned off from situations involving folks I've known half my life or more. I can't tell you how I've wrestled and wrangled in my spirit that everyone else was doing it, so it must be alright, right?!

And then I remembered that all is not always well in this world in which we find ourselves living and struggling with sin-sickness. All is not always baskets of roses and sometimes those who would kiss us the most and the hardest are those who would profit off our gullibility. I want you to think about this passage of scripture.

'Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.' Proverbs 27:6

Think of the conman, the smooth talker, the one whose lips ooze with honey and deceit. The one who never says anything wrong, and the one who looks you straight in your ideals. Think of how he relates to you, kissing and playing the friend until he gets his trap ready for you. Think of how he never tells you you're wrong.

Your friend is the one who will wound you because he or she loves you and doesn't want to see harm come unto you. Your friend is the one who cares. The fact that she inflicts affliction on you is to get you to see the way that is good, the way of righteousness, the way of godliness and hope.

The con man has no such desire. He wants to devour your house and he won't come a knockin' with guns blazing and swords drawn. He'll come to you persuasive, exuding what you think you need in order to get just what it is he wants. He is hungry for your soul.

And sometimes we're busy ignoring the signs, ignoring the Spirit's warning, while the enemy is licking his lips and kissing our faces. We need to hear the sirens blaring, the alarm bells clanging and the screaming of the whistle and shake out of this soul-sleepiness. We need to get out before it's too late. We need to run to safety.

Christians, I know you sometimes want to love everybody – after all, it's our job, right? What isn't your job is to be in close proximity of every wolf who loves to hang out with the sheep, because that would be simply be foolish. And yet it's what we do.

Jesus had remarked that in some things the children of this age were wiser than the children of the light. And, unfortunately, it's true. Let's learn to take heed and to be shrewd as the serpent and yet harmless like the dove.

There is nothing wrong with taking stock of a situation and removing yourself if you think it's proven dangerous. Consider how many women who've been caught unawares say that they had this feeling something was wrong.

So take stock, take the con men and show them to the door. Wipe your face from his slobbery stealth and always remember to trust your gut.

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Comments

We do need to be wise, don't we? Though we are called to love everyone, even our enemies. As Anita said, that doesn't mean listening to everyone and it doesn't mean being closely involved with everyone. It doesn't mean being involved in every endeavor or even every ministry. We need to pray and wait on God. But we need to be careful of our "gut" because as Jeremiah said the heart is deceitful above all else, who can know it? Even our own hearts can lead us astray. Thanks for a thought-provoking post. Blessings!
There's difference between loving someone and listening to everyone's advice and counsel ;). There are some pepole that I love, but I would never take their advice.
These are some interesting thoughts to ponder right now. There is such a swirl about the relationship between grace and truth. And then the nasty election process... Thanks for sharing!
 

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