The Word Comforts

The Word of God is powerful and sharp, cutting to the dividing of soul and spirit. It is the sword in the armor of God. It can hurt when used properly!

At the same time, the cutting is there to prune so that fruit and strength may be produced. If all you get from God’s Word is cutting, guilt, pain, burden and despair you are wavering from its intent. Those things may be part of the Word’s working, but it never ends there. Scripture comforts, gives patience and ultimately leads to hope.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Much Bible teaching tends toward either all cutting (legalism) or all comforting (license). Both ignore the other half of the Bible’s function.

You get knocked down but then you get raised up! The seed dies then the plant grows. Old things pass away all things become new. That’s what the Word does!

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