an interesting word...
Webster's meanings: "the quality or condition of being subtle...the ability or tendency to make fine distinctions".
Back to the word "Subtle": "...not dense or heavy, capable of making or noticing fine distinctions in meaning, etc.[a subtle thinker], marked by or requiring mental keeness, delicately skillful or clever, not open or direct; crafty, sly, delicately suggestive; not grossly obvious,..."
Kind of reminds me when Jesus said we are to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.
Obviously excellent advice!
This is the way we're to live. It should be "obvious" that we are Believers...the old song, "They will know we are Christians by our love.."etc. Unfortunately we haven't been the best examples in this area. Standing, quietly praying on a street corner works better than screaming and yelling and waving a Bible.
We can "catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar".
As Believers, we can get so caught up in doctrines/religious exercises and miss the whole point of Christianity.
God SO loved the WORLD that He gave us Jesus. When we enter into a RELATIONSHIP with Him, we allow Him to change us and mold us into His likeness. We should be growing daily "in His likeness".
He alone is who we want to be like.
"Wise as serpents and gentle as doves" works much better.
Anything that's His idea is always better!