May 13th 2017 - Matthew 7:6
Amplified Bible (AMP)
" Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces."
For the past several months while dealing with a plethora of difficulties the lesson of ‘do not throw pearls before swine’ has been painfully brought to my attention. Apparently this is a common theme as we are pushed to look of things as they are vs. what we hope them to be.
It's time to take off the rose colored glasses and deal with reality. For most of us this means making a choice; do we continue to place our energy where there is no return on investment? Everyone experiences this at some point in their lives with friends, lovers and family members. We try our best to be supportive, lighten the load and create opportunities for loved ones only to be met with resistance, ungratefulness and sometimes even hostility and resentment.
This is the dynamic of which Jesus the Christ spoke in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:6.
“ 6 Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces.”
This leaves us confused and often upset, so we respond by becoming even more expansive, more compassionate, more loving…only to be accused of being just the opposite. We pour more of ourselves, our time and our energy into this person or situation only to be left drained and thankless.
The lesson here is to take these people or the situation at face value. To recognize when we are throwing pearls before swine. I do not say a swine as a derogatory term, but rather as an example of where the person’s consciousness is at that time.
But what does that really mean? The pearls that we throw are things of value to us; our time, efforts and love. We are warned that the swine will trample these things in disregard. Is this meant to hurt us? Generally no. It is simply because they do not place value where we place value. They are not in a place to accept or utilize our gifts. If we are totally honest we can admit that we have all been in that place; where someone tries to help us and we’re not ready to move. We have resistance to change and each of us needs to come to it in our own time.
However we also warned that in giving our most precious gifts to those incapable or unready or simply not willing to accept them that we then become targets of that frustration. We have expended the best of us and thus depleted or energy, our supply, in whatever form that takes, leaving us weakened and vulnerable. Thus we are rent and torn.
Especially in this time of major energetic shifts we need to ensure our pearls are thoughtfully exchanged. This is a primary element of self-care.
This is not to say we only give what and when we can get back. For instance, you may know someone who seems to need help. If you help them this may go a variety of ways. They may accept your help and seem very grateful, but continue to wallow in their situation and continue needing the same help. If this is so, set your boundaries and do not become embroiled in their story. Simply trying to solve their problem for them accomplishes nothing for anyone involved. You need to accept after helping them that they are choosing their situation. Maybe they are not ready for change no matter what you think of their potential.
In another scenario they may even resent your help. Their low self-esteem and sense of being undeserving may cause them to become hostile towards you.
Or they may accept your help and make a positive life change with your assistance, when this happens the energy continues in a positive tract and expands to affect others in a positive way.
The difference between sharing a pearl with someone who appreciates it and throwing your pearls before swine is that in helping someone who appreciates it you become stronger and they become stronger, however when you throw your pearls before swine you’re wasting your efforts. Everyone deserves a chance, everyone deserves a helping hand, but once that hand is slapped, you need to pull your hand away and not continue trying to help someone who does not want or appreciate your help. Put your energy where it is most useful. Love begins at home, love begins with you. Blessings!
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