A two-edged sword cuts both ways. As dangerous as this type of sword is, words are more so. Perhaps as you grew up you were told the little adage, Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me.
In our culture today we know how names and words hurt us. Especially if we are labeled in a negative context. When what we believe is challenged but we are not allowed to share what we believe is the truth. Through their words people try to shut you down so that you cannot even respond. You end up feeling frustrated and angry.
Perhaps you want to say you are not even listening to me. And you would be right. They don’t want to listen. How are to handle this in a Christian manner?
The word of God is living. The word of God is able to discern the thoughts of hearts. The word of God is a two-edged sword. The word of God is always permeating hearts and souls. It is alive. It is meant to be shared and lived. Sometimes living the word of God is all we can do.
The thoughts of hearts is another issue. You may not be able to understand another person’s heart, but God does. It is God who opens their hearts to His word when He knows they are ready to listen. But it must be on God’s time. That does not mean we stand idly by in this process. We must watch and discern when God has softened hearts so that we can share the living word with them.
How will we know? God tells us He will provide the words we need at the right time. We only trust in him. “Jesus, Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.”
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen