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   [This is a morning musing that will likely melt with the morning sun…]

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Guile

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Guileless

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Guilelessness

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…useful describers in a topsy-turvy world

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   In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, Philip takes Jesus to Nathanael, a future apostle about which we know almost nothing. Jesus identifies him as “a man without guile¹.” And according to John’s writing, Nathanael quickly refers to Jesus as the “Son of God,” who others (excluding the demons) according to the Biblical record, seem to more slowly recognize.

   Now the definitions²:  Guile means “sly or cunning intelligence”³ (implying self-serving application). Guileless means “devoid of guile; innocent and without deception.” And guilelessness is the noun that refers to this characteristic4.

   Sometimes “deception” is a necessary protection and, in my view, not sin in itself.

   But isn’t it refreshing to encounter and know at least some people who are guileless? Nathanael was a man who, when you saw him, you knew who and what he was.

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   ¹ Some translations substitute “deceit” for “guile.”

   ² Yes, I realize my horse is riding here on my knowledge of English, not my (rusty) Greek the probable first language of John’s writing…

   ³ All definitions here come from the Oxford Online Dictionary (which goes well with Starbucks Komodo Dragon coffee).

   4 And is a word that demonstrates that you are sometimes smarter than your spellchecker.