“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Matthew 7:6
Matthew chapter seven has twenty-nine verses and twenty-seven of those verses where spoken directly by Jesus. Jesus was preaching from Matthew chapter five from verse three straight through to Matthew chapter seven. Why did Jesus spend so much time teaching, giving parables and instructions to his disciples or whoever would care to listen? Because he wanted the best for them, and he still wants the best for us today.
So, when he told us in verse six of Matthew seven that we should not give our pearls to swine we need to take it seriously. Because if he took the time to tell us then we really need to pay attention. Giving pearls to swine can be interpreted in so many ways, but my understanding of it is simple, and that is, do not waste your time or your gift on people or on something that will never really appreciate you. I have so many stories about people who have been hurt by others who they had no business dealing with in the first place! Did you know that most times when we are deceived and we feel hurt in the worse way, it is not what happened that hurt us the most but who was behind it? Yes, that can happen when we give our time and invite the wrong person in our lives. It is like animals who are in the wild, you can try to tame them all you want, but some animals have a natural instinct to attack and kill their prey. And sooner or later, that animal will attack you for no apparent reasons. Why? They cannot be tamed, it’s their natural way of survival to attack.
Same results with mankind, some of us cannot be tamed. So, it is important to choose wisely. Because who you give your time to or invite in your space is extremely critical to your survival. Though you cannot always be a 100% certain but most of the time you see the signs, and you can tell from day one that this person is not right for you. But sometimes we allow status and even our friends to advise us otherwise. Some people even say that they wanted to cancel their wedding but because everything was already planned, they did not want to let anyone down anyone. Wrong reason! Do it for you, protect your heart from heart break and stop it before it is too late. Giving your pearls to swine could also mean that you have been giving good solid advise to a foolish person. When I say foolish person, I do not mean by way of mental illness but just someone who is reckless, and no matter what you do they will never take your words of wisdom. Those people will drain you out, they will waste your time and you will become frustrated and tired. As in all cases, please give these issues to the Lord. Sometimes we are trying to do it on our own, but we cannot change anyone, only God can.
He has given us the wisdom to choose and we must use it. We should take his teachings to heart and put them into practice at all times.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Thank you for giving me wisdom so I will not give away my time to those who will not appreciate it in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time God bless you.
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