Pastor noted that the word “simple” in both sentences has a different but intentional meaning. The first means that wicked men will deceive the minds of the naive. In verse 19 “innocent to evil” means innocent about evil things. Although we are of the world, we are to be unmixed with things of evil. We are to keep our lives undiluted or unpolluted by evil things.
Jesus sent his disciples out into the world saying: “Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” Luke 10:3. Do not relax your conscious, or integrity, in commitment to things of God. Be careful how you mix with the world. Don't try to use earthly wisdom to out think God. Be ‘simple’ or pure in minds and goals. Being pure and simple regarding evil is to avoid negative influences, wicked thoughts and bad attitudes, or evil natures. Chose to do the pure action by examining your motives. Our main goal should be gaining Godliness and ministering to others. Ask not what God can do for you, but ask what you can do for Him.
Oh - I found several wonderful 'light in the darkness' songs!
I chose this one.
Philippians 2:14-16 (ESV)
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Lord, help me to remember this message each day. Help me to focus on You, good things, and how I can serve you each day.