John 8: 1- 12, “7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.””
The standard of true wisdom and true love manifested when the Pharisees and Scribes brought to Him a woman who was caught in adultery. They wanted to test Him and accuse Him with His words. In the midst of these scavenging wolves, who are willing to tear the innocent sheep and also trying to accuse the Teacher, our Lord’s response and His answer is what meant to be ‘wise as serpents’. His reply to the angry wolf gang is the wisdom of God that neither He yielded to the test nor allowed the sheep to be harmed. That wisdom comes from God. If we are the children of the Wisdom, then it is in store for us. We just have to ask God for this wisdom. Then after this His response and action to the woman who was condemned and a sinner according to the world, is the exhibit of ‘Harmless as doves’. In this incident, our Lord exhibited what He preached; true love towards the sheep, and true wisdom towards the wolves. Let us ask God, and receive this wisdom of God from Him and be ‘wise as serpents’ among the wolves and ‘harmless as doves’ among the sheep.
After these things, our Lord said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” When this light of life, shines in us, the darkness of our foolishness will be moved away by this excellent light. Our heart will burn with the fire of God, which will consume the wolves tactics and at the same time, it will burn in us as love of God among the sheep to fulfill our ministry in the kingdom of God.