January 28, 2009

January 28–The Cutting Edge of Love

God’s word is living and active. It is not dead, dull or dormant! God’s word is meant to penetrate our minds, permeate our actions and purify our innermost beings so that we will reflect Jesus, the living Word of God, more and more fully in all we do…in all we are.

For the word of God is living 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

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           Have you ever heard  (or said!) the phrase: “Well, he certainly isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed?” 

He (whoever he is!) may seem a little clueless–a bit oblivious–about what’s going on around him. Or maybe he lacks the knowledge level or skill required to accomplish a specific task.

Well, let me tell you, the Word of God–is absolutely the Sharpest Tool in God’s Shed!

God is fully aware, fully knowledgeable of what is going on in every circumstance, in every relationship, in every individual–nothing is hidden from the eyes of our Loving and Omniscient God.

Our God is the true Master Swordsman–the Master Surgeon–who wields His Word–His living, active, double-edged sword–with perfect precision and with the precise purpose of transforming each of His children to become more and more like Jesus.

God does indeed have His work cut out for Him! But in His LOVE for us, God is tireless and relentless in penetrating our innermost being–our thoughts, motivations and attitudes. God cuts through our self-focused perspective in order to free us to live–really live–in a trusting and intimate relationship with Him and with others.

For this to be accomplished we have to hear and honestly allow God’s word to point out where we are motivated by our own personal version of truth–by our own twisted thinking–as we interact and respond to others and, even, to God Himself.

God must continually divide and separate out from us anything and everything that does not line up with God’s word of Truth and Pure Love.

This is a life-time process for us to submit to God’s living and active Word so that He may reveal our flawed thinking and heal our bruised hearts.

Sometimes this cutting away, separating and dividing work within our innermost being can be a very painful process. So too, is physical surgery. Yet, most of us are willing to submit ourselves to a human surgeon’s skills when we are faced with a cancerous growth in our bodies. So that we may live.

How much more should we trust ourselves over to our God who not only has the perfect skill to cut away any and all emotional and spiritual cancers within us–but does this out of His Perfect Love for us! So that we may live!

Our job is to LET God–actually invite God AND trust God–to do His cutting, penetrating, separating work deep within us. This is God’s freedom work so that we may live–we may perceive, think, act and respond as Jesus does.

This is God’s great and loving purpose for us. And to fulfill it, God places us on His Cutting Edge of Love. The very safest place we could ever be.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane