For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
“I have not come to bring peace but a sword. Such a strange statement from the one described as the Prince of Peace. Peace apparently is something that cannot be imposed from above, even by God. Peace must be the result of a process of purification and regeneration occurring interiorly within the heart and soul either of a person or of society. The “sword” that Jesus brings instead of worldly “peace” is a therapeutic weapon. A great deal needs to be transformed, purified, put to death, and brought to life again, before the peace that comes from God can reign supreme. Any cheaper “peace” would be one based on compromises concerning the truth, infidelity to the divine and the human nature, self-deception, and wishful thinking—all of which would launch us on a course to eventual spiritual catastrophe. Jesus did not come to bring comfort but life. Christ’s sword comes to destroy our illusions, our self-deceptions, and to open in our being a blessed wound that will be our clear window to truth and to love.” – Fire of Mercy
God’s Word works like a sword, surgically removing those parts of our hearts that don’t line up with the holiness of God. Which would you prefer? Obedience derived from a spirit of legalism and obligation or obedience and worship resulting from the work of the Holy Spirit that prompts a change, God’s work in your life through His Word!
So thankful for the Spirit of God within!
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26