“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.” Matthew 7:6 ->me: This verse is nestled in between the passage from yesterday on judgement and next verses on praying. I have spent my entire QT looking up references and other teaching on this verse and the closest I have found is 1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.”. So, what do I take away from my QTVOTD? I think Jesus is talking about teaching -> there are some people whose hearts have become so hardened that they are no longer open and willing to hear the Truths of the Gospel or biblical instruction. The danger here is that I too quickly label someone ‘one of these hardened hearts’. This is where ‘The Helper’, the Holy Spirit becomes so important and that my spiritual life is in a place where His voice is loud and clear. Simply, my focus should be investing in people whether that is in admonishment, prayer, service, or teaching…I will trust that the Holy Spirit will let me know when I have reached the end of my ability to be used in a given person’s life because of the choices they have made. Until then, I will see every relationship I have as a divine appointment and opportunity for God to use me to speak into their lives. The stakes are too high for me to depend on my frail and earthly logic to make the decision on my own.