“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
Swords have existed for thousands of years after being developed from daggers. However, a double-edged sword is unique in that it has a sharp edge on both sides of the blade; in other words, it can cut both ways. Apparently, the metaphor “double-edged sword” may have originated from an Arabic expression referring to something which is a benefit but also capable of hurting its user.
By building our relationship with God, our lives are enriched because of the blessings that come with a meaningful relationship, like any other relationship we may have.
God’s word is a double-edged sword. Knowing God through his word has massive benefits; as we read his word, we can engage him in conversation about his plans for us, and we can seek consolation in it, as well as many other blessings. However, he also knows our innermost thoughts and desires.
When you thought that bad thought, God knew about it. When you watched that TV show you shouldn’t have watched, God knew about it. When you said that thing about someone that you shouldn’t have done, God knew about it; “…all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:13 NASB). When we read God’s word, it can expose our sin to us, and we can feel cut by it. It speaks to our conscience. We should be reverent in knowing that God our creator knows everything we do, think and say.
However, we can also use this transparency to become more intimate with God, rather than seeing it as a negative. By building our relationship with God, our lives are enriched because of the blessings that come with a meaningful relationship, like any other relationship we may have.
This is what we should be aiming for in life – a bountiful and loving relationship with God. And remember, there’s always room for improvement!
A member of the Church of God in Middlesbrough, Nick is a law graduate who recently returned to his native Teesside to continue his university studies after working in Manchester for just under 2 years. A keen musician, Nick uses his musical ability at national conferences & events when playing in praise bands. He also enjoys listening to music, drinking coffee and talking the hind legs off a donkey.