Paper Cuts

"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. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:12-13 (The New American Standard Bible)

Have you ever experienced a paper cut? The thin edge of a piece of paper slices a tender part of the finger or the palm of the hand leaving one with a burning sensation and perhaps a small drop of blood. The pain seems disproportionate to the cut, and some people seek relief by washing it in cold water or applying a bandage to prevent the onset of an infection. Other people simply try to ignore the cut, but the pain remains as a constant reminder each time the sensitive area is touched.

The application of God’s living Word has a similar effect for many when it makes us aware of the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. His paper cut cannot be ignored. Nor will applying the cold water of indifference and the bandage of “cover-up” serve as adequate remedies for the incision that has been made. Only the Savior’s healing touch of forgiveness can reduce the pain and restore one to health and usefulness.

Jesus, help us to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.