Before I begin my post, I would like to define the phrase “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Reminding myself of this often helps me get through life’s most challenging moments.
The meaning originates from the King James Version of the Bible Matthew 7:15 “Be aware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
This phrase also stands for friendships within the work place as well as family, Individuals pretending to like you in front of your face, talking about you behind your back. I call it pure gossip. Working in Corporate America, coming from a dysfunctional family, you see this quite often.
They may seem as if their intentions are of innocent intent, however their ulterior motives are camouflaged sometimes going undetected.
A individual that appears kind to you while conversing may be the same individual undercutting your character to others when you aren’t around, I consider a wolf in disguise.
Knowing how to spot a potential Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing isn’t that difficult to do. More times than none it’s challenging, especially if you have been close to the individual for a while or someone that you may have just been introduced to, the signs are present. Pay close attention to ones actions, conversations as well as body language. If your gut tells you that a wolf is amongst the group of sheep take heed your gut is almost 99.9 % accurate.
I’m not by any means telling others to become leary of everyone they encounter as to being judgemental or jaded, just know when Wolves are near or present. Protecting yourself through praise, worship and spiritual warfare will continually build separation from you and the Wolf. I’m sure we all want to give one the benefit of the doubt but not everyone is for you. My encouragement to others, be wise in any situation.
As a born again Christian I sometimes have to remind myself, that I am a changed woman when negative situations arise, remembering I can not and will not reflect back to my old ways as to dealing with situational circumstances, when I feel that I have been wronged or talked about. I have to remember that the battle is not mine it’s the Lords and leave it at that.
Walking in Christ is the best change I could have ever given myself. Knowing when to step back and walk away ranging from negative conversations within the workplace to negative phone calls in regards to other individuals. Sooo when I do get the phone call; I always remind the other person on the other end; How about if we pray for them instead of talking about them. Most christians would agree, some non believing individuals might not be where I am as to spirituality, will quickly dismiss our phone call and hang up. Try it, It works.
As we keep the Bible near pressing to get to know God on a real and truthful level, we must remember to set our minds on protecting and guarding our surroundings, meditating on the Word, not the falseness of the flesh. Eventually we become trained as to spotting this Wolf in Sheep’s clothing.
These are just a few signs to look for. I’m sure there are many more out there. However I will still pray for the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing we all fall short of his glory.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”ROMANS 3: 23 – 24 NIV