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The Sword of Truth

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

Growing up, I always saw this verse as a call to battle.  Use the Bible to fight against evil! Wield it for God’s justice! And oh how we love to wield it and point it toward others. God never calls us to use the Bible to point out wrongs in others. He wants us to use it for our own growth, for our own relationship with him.  Let’s read the rest of the text.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV)

God’s word is sharp, like a double-edged sword and when we are looking for him in it, it exposes us and points out how we need to change. It exposes our true selves so that if we are honest and seeking, we can adjust our path so our relationship with him will grow even sweeter. If I am honest, I do not want everything I have buried deep in my soul to be open before his eyes. The thought of that might leave me wanting to hide. But God says wait…….

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. (Hebrews 4:14 NIV)

Our exposure is never for harm but for good. Jesus is working, standing there saying “That thing you’ve just seen, it’s ugly but focus on me. Together we will change it. I’ve got you covered.” Digging into the Bible is never for someone else’s good. It is for mine. And all throughout, as I am exposed over and over again, Jesus says “Trust me.”

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy

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