“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)
Have you ever
read a verse [of Scripture] scores of times and yet never had it affect you?
Then you casually pass by it again and -- ZAP! -- it hits you squarely between
your heart and mind.
times when you welcome the Spirit's intrusion. The new insight makes you smile.
Out of nowhere you see what God means. A bright new idea opens up.
times… no smiles. The new insight only brings a groan or tears. You're
convicted of manipulating a friend. You're crushed over snubbing a new
coworker. Shamed for gossiping about a neighbor, you've been wounded by the
Word of God, and you have no excuse not to obey from then on.
put it this way: "Jesus has no tenderness toward anything that is
ultimately going to ruin a person in service to Him. If God brings to mind a
verse which hurts you, you may be sure that there is something He wants to
way God works. He is so exacting. That's because He doesn't want us to see our
disobedience vaguely or in general. Specific verses have a way of convicting us
-- Joni Eareckson Tada in “Glorious