The dog is an amazing creature. No better friend on earth can be had than a faithful and obedient canine. They are a great source of joy and comfort to their owner. A well trained dog will do anything to please its master.
But a dog is a dog. It will eat it’s own vomit. Often the dog will even eat its own feces.
It cannot be trusted to make business deals.
It has no concept of a clean the floor or carpet. You will never see a dog naturally wipe its feet before it comes in the house.
Its welfare must be constantly maintained. And it requires a rather watchful eye over its habits.
Once it has developed a taste for blood, the dog is either to be destroyed or heavily restrained for the rest of its life.
Stray dogs are no companion for the children. They are unpredictable and dangerous.
Most dogs have a hard time understanding friend or foe in regard to those who come to visit its master.
The dog will understand certain commands. But it does not fully understand the language of man. It might pick up on our habits, but it doesn’t understand the reason for them.
A dog will be loyal to its own detriment. It can love with a fully open heart. It’s always glad to see its master. And the only time it makes any judgment regarding its master, is in the matter of food.
Think of all the things that dogs are by their very nature. Then consider Man.
Look at all the things that men do. Unless we are specifically trained by God, we have no stability or faithfulness within us. Take all the things I have said about dogs and apply them to Man.
Some dogs must be killed because they are a threat. Some dogs are fit only to be restrained outside. Some dogs are companions on the couch. But they are still dogs.
Christ has come to transform us from potential pets to brothers.
A brother understands the language of his father and siblings. He is able to differentiate between the things of carnal behavior and those of responsibilities in the family.
It’s good to consider the following. Have we allowed ourselves to become good and restrained pets? Or have we sought the full transformation into the family of God as brothers of Christ?
Are we busily over coming sin by the power of Christ presence? Or are we seeking release from the triggers that give temptation its strength? Isn’t the latter like being placed on a leash?
I did not write this to shake the faith of anyone. But consider what it would be if, instead of trying to be rid of temptation, we were to embrace the power of Christ to overcome it. There’s a distinct difference between the brothers of the household and the pets.
There’s a great deal more to say about this. What I’ve written is a good start.