This the first installment of this series, looking at how the word of God is piercing, like a lance to the boil. However this piercing is like that of a surgeon, not a butcher.
I must stress that I heavily lean on John Piper’s book, ‘Pierced by the Word,’ so most of this is his work, the rest is Gods.
So to get started, the Love of Christ. As humans beings we often make up our own theories of what love is. We see love as making much of us. But God tells us that love is about making much of him. Gods love for us is keeping himself at the centre. We need to break the chains of self and focus on the treasure of God.
An example of this love is John 11:1-6. The story of Lazarus. Now Jesus let this man die, but why? It would not be uncommon, in the world we live in, to hear Christians question why Jesus let Lazarus die. How can love be putting people through pain and misery. It all comes back to how we interpret love. It is not human well being at the centre, but God.
Even the death of Christ was to keep himself central, and that we may see it and live for it, John 17:24, Jesus’ desire is that we will be with him to see his glory.
Remember that it is ALL for His Glory. Love is not the easy way out, it will not be painless, but it will be worth it.