Have you ever felt like what you say just isn’t hitting the mark? I can say the same thing to a group of people, ask each one to write down what they understood me to say, and I can guarantee that each one will perceive something differently. Why is that? Because each one of them are looking at it through different lenses. Lenses that have been colored by personality, history, upbringing, etc..
Hebrews 4:12 NASB says, “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.”
There is nothing more frustrating then trying to get a point across to someone who has closed their mind to anything said. Been there! In fact, there was a time that I refused to communicate ANYTHING to ANYONE because I thought the problem was me! It so frustrated me that I began to search my heart to see if I had heard God wrong. Perhaps I made a horrible teacher, a worse friend and an awful wife.
Walt always teaches, “There are 3 parts to every conversation; what is said; what is heard; and what is meant.” It’s important to ask questions, “What did you mean by that, because this is what I heard!” That way, it allows people the chance to explain themselves. Most people just get offended and storm off, leaving the speaker wondering what just happened?
But the Word of God is living and active. It gets itself involved in our daily lives, getting to the root of the issue so that it can cut out what’s bad so healing can begin. If we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to explain truth to us, we will choose to be offended and cut off from people who love us and are left wondering, “What just happened here?”
There are times when you must pray the Word over people who have chosen to walk away. Their filters have skewed their perception and they are left bitter and broken. Our job is to pray Hebrews 4:12 and trust that He who began a good work in them, will be faithful to complete it.
Thank you Father that Your Word is always working in me. I will be still so that You can explain to me what I need to know. I will move forward healed and whole in my spirit, soul and body. I won’t allow bitterness to take root in me! I cannot change anyone, but You can. Apply Your balm. Let it thoroughly and completely do it’s perfect work. It’s in Jesus’ name always, Amen.