“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 turn and tear you to pieces.”

Matthew 7:6 (NIV)

The first five verses instruct us on how to correct other believers. Jesus tells us to fix what we need to improve in ourselves before we try to tell someone else what they need to do. And this instruction is Godly instruction; this is by the word of God. Saying to someone, “You know the Bible says this or that, so you shouldn’t do that.” Before we point out someone’s flaws, we need to correct our own. We shouldn’t be self-righteous.

Matthew 7:6 tells us we shouldn’t waste our time trying to correct the world. Jesus says here that if we do that, we go to the world, try to condemn it, and tell it, “The Bible says you shouldn’t do this or that,” it may turn upon us and kill us. The spirit of the world cannot recognize nor can it understand the holy things of God.

Remember that the first five verses deal with self-righteousness toward other Christians. This verse says we ought not to be self-righteous toward the world either, it doesn’t tell us not to tell them about the Lord, but it does give us a context of how not to tell people about the Lord. This is why I’m bothered when people protest abhorrent behavior with signs quoting Scripture. Telling someone their behavior is wrong by using Scripture in a hateful manner goes against the very tenets of our belief!

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.