Monday, 29 October 2012
THE WORD OF GOD – AN INSTRUMENT OF OFFENCE
It is sometimes laughable the reason believers claim to be offended; and even more interesting is our strong conviction that because we are offended, a millstone must be hanging on our offender’s neck to drown them. This is one of many hilarious things we like to believe which in reality, reveals the extent of vileness of our hearts. There is no doubt that people are sometimes genuinely offended but every offended person must realize that they will in turn offend others, which is only natural, so that the millstone is definitely coming on their necks and will remain for as long as their offender’s millstone is hanging around his own neck since they did not forgive their offender in a bid to ensure he drowns. At the end of the day, there may be more people drowning than they imagined; for they also, may drown.
Luke 11: 4 “and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”
We must be careful always to separate between offences caused because our flesh is experiencing pain of defeat by the truth of the word of God separate from true offences. We must be well aware that truth causes pain and the word of God is truth with the greatest potential of inflicting pain. Its purpose always is to bring about a circumcision of the heart and circumcision is a painful process whether of the heart or of any part of the body. Whenever people were circumcised in bible days, they were allowed a period of healing because of the pain inflicted by the cut which also needs to heal. Now circumcision is of the heart and the knife is the word of God; so it leaves a wound in the heart which must heal. There is time to “lick your wounds” before you continue with life otherwise you will make stupid decisions that may mar your life and/or destiny forever. There is an adage that says “the truth is always painful” and so it is; if you can’t take it, don’t seek God for He is truth. He wounds and yet, He heals.
Jesus, the captain of our faith, was a mighty instrument of offence. He unapologetically offended people everywhere He went so much so that they sort to kill Him. Yet isn’t it amazing that in all of these, His entire purpose for coming to earth to endure a painful death was love; the love He has for mankind particularly these very people He offended since He came primarily for the lost sheep of Israel. What greater love can any man have for another than to lay down His life for him yet they were offended by the very one who loved them enough to lay down His life for them and may have been stupid enough to imagine that a millstone was hanging on His neck since they felt offended by Him. Well, as we know, not only did He ascend on high, He is seated at the right of God even now.
Hebrews 4: 12 – 13a “for the word of God is alive and powerful. It is shaper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joints and marrows, it exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God.”
The word of God is a weapon of offence. It is referred to above as the sharpest two-edged sword. When the word of God inflicts pain on us, let us bear the pain with a dignified posture for it would pass; you shall heal. Don’t waste energy throwing tantrums like a spoilt brat; your problem is with the word who is seated at the right hand of the father and not even the angels can hang a millstone on His neck for you. It is time to grow up. Adulthood suggests that life as well as the word of God will deal some blows but we take them all in our stride, the Holy Ghost being our helper.