“Beware…of the Teaching of…”
It is so hard to know sometimes, O Lord, to whom we should listen; so many people, after all, use so many right-sounding words.
Discernment, Lord—we need discernment; wisdom, Lord—we need wisdom; insight, Lord—we need insight.
Help us, Lord, to be in tune enough with the Spirit, the love, and the way of Jesus that we can perceive whether the words that we are hearing come from someone who is also--maybe even more so--in tune with the Spirit, the love, and the way of Jesus.
Then let our words be similarly worthy of being heard.
“How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees! Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:11-12)