Sheep, Goats, and Wolves, Part 2

“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32) 
 
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) 
 
As stated in Part 1, the Lord will one day separate between the sheep and the goats.  He will also judge the wolves. Each of us must ask ourselves the question:  Am I a sheep, goat, or wolf?  Only the Lord’s evaluation will matter one day. In the mean time, we can test ourselves where we stand.  Let us consider a few more comparisons between sheep, goats, and wolves:
 
  • Sheep seek the shepherd readily, goats seek the shepherd as a last resort, and wolves never seek the shepherd.
  • Sheep allow love to cover a multitude of sins, goats allow gossip to uncover a multitude of sins, and wolves lead others into a multitude of sins.
  • Sheep resist sin, goats yield to sin, and wolves justify their sin.
  • Sheep crucify their flesh, goats pacify their flesh, and wolves feed on flesh.
  • Sheep develop character, goats follow charisma, and wolves depend upon charisma to override character.
  • Sheep serve out of love, goats serve out of obligation, and wolves serve for personal gain.
  • Sheep seek reconciliation, goats avoid reconciliation, and wolves refuse reconciliation.
  • Sheep are humble, goats are selfish, and wolves are proud.
  • Sheep love all, goats love those who love them, and wolves love themselves.
  • Sheep seek to bring about change through humility, prayer, and godly appeal.  Goats bring about change through protest and complaint.  Wolves bring change through manipulation, intimidation and domination.
  • Sheep lift up the shepherd, goats wear down the shepherd, and wolves pull down the shepherd.
  • Sheep are merciful and forgiving, goats are calloused and unfeeling, and wolves are unmerciful and fierce.
  • Sheep promote unity, goats hinder unity, and wolves divide and scatter.
  • Sheep rejoice in the truth, goats tolerate mixture, and wolves sow lies.
  • Sheep rejoice to see the shepherd, goats resent the shepherd, and wolves resist the shepherd.
  • Sheep welcome the shepherd’s hand, goats butt the shepherd’s hand, and wolves bite the shepherd’s hand.
  • Sheep heed the shepherd’s voice, goats heed the shepherd’s staff, and wolves heed the shepherd’s rod.
  • Sheep are led, goats are managed, and wolves are driven out.
  • Sheep identify with the shepherd, goats identify with other goats, and wolves identify with other wolves.
  • Sheep have a flock mentality, goats have a herd mentality, and wolves have a pack mentality.
  • Sheep adapt to boundaries, goats test boundaries, and wolves reject boundaries.
  • Sheep focus on the shepherd, goats focus on themselves, and wolves focus on weak and struggling sheep.
  • Sheep reproduce sheep, goats reproduce goats, and wolves reproduce wolves.
  • Sheep do not heed the voice of a stranger, goats entertain the voice of a stranger, and wolves are the stranger.
  • Sheep are known by their fruit, goats are known by their fruit, and wolves are known by their fruit.
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Is that a "Ba-a-a-h", a "But", or a "Growl" I hear?