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In some way it will bring out the real feelings, and show what man is. It has a "living" power, and is energetic and active. It is "adapted" to produce this effect. And powerful - Mighty. Its power is seen in awakening the conscience; alarming the fears; laying bare the secret feelings of the heart, and causing the sinner to tremble with the apprehension of the coming judgment.

All the great changes in the moral world for the better, have been caused by the power of truth. They are such as the truth in its own nature is suited to effect, and if we may judge of its power by the greatness of the revolutions produced, no words can over-estimate the might of the truth which God has revealed.

The word "mouth" was given to the sword because it seemed to "devour" all before it. It consumed or destroyed as a wild beast does. The comparison of the Word of God to a sword or to an arrow, is designed to show its power of penetrating the heart; Ecclesiastes , "The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies;" compare Isaiah The comparison is common in the classics, and in Arabic poetry; see Gesenius, on Isaiah The idea is that of piercing, or penetrating; and the meaning here is, that the Word of God reaches the "heart" - the very center of action, and lays open the motives and feelings of the man.

It was common among the ancients to have a sword with two edges. The Roman sword was commonly made in this manner. The fact that it had two edges made it more easy to penetrate, as well as to cut with every way. Piercing even to the dividing asunder - Penetrating so as to divide. Soul and spirit - The animal life from the immortal soul.

This distinction occurs in 1 Thessalonians , "your whole spirit, and soul, and body;" and it is a distinction which we are constantly in the habit of making. There is the body in man - the animal life - and the immortal part that leaves the body when life is extinct. Mysteriously united, they constitute one man. When the animal life is separated from the soul, or when the soul leaves the animated body, the body dies, and life is extinct.

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To separate the one from the other is, therefore, the same as to take life - and this is the idea here, that the Word of God is like a sharp sword that inflicts deadly wounds. The sinner "dies;" that is, he becomes dead to his former hopes, or is "slain" by the Law; Romans , "I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

And of the joints and marrow - The figure is still continued of the sword that takes life. Such a sword would seem to penetrate even the joints and marrow of the body. It would separate the joints, and pierce through the very bones to the marrow.

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A similar effect, Paul says, is produced by truth. It seems to penetrate the very essence of the soul, and lay it all open to the view. And is a discerner of the thoughts - It shows what the thoughts and intentions are. Stuart, Bloomfield, and some others, suppose that the reference here is to "God" speaking by his word. But the more natural construction certainly is, to refer it to the Word or truth of God. It is true that God searches the heart, and knows the thoughts, but that is not the truth which is prominent here.

It is, that the thoughts and intents of the heart are brought out to view by the Word of God.

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And can anyone doubt this? Is it not true that people are made to see their real character under the exhibition of the truth of God? That in the light of the Law they see their past lives to be sinful?


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That the exhibition of truth calls to their recollection many long-forgotten sins? And that their real feelings are brought out when the truth of God is proclaimed? Men then are made to look upon their motives as they had never done before, and to see in their hearts feelings whose existence they would not have suspected if it had not been for the exhibition of the truth. The exhibition of the truth is like pouring down the beams of the sun at midnight on a dark world; and the truth lays open the real feelings of the sinner as that sun would disclose the clouds of wickedness that are now performed under cover of the night.

Many a man has a deep and fixed hostility to God and to his gospel who might never be sensible of it if the truth was not faithfully proclaimed. The particular idea here is, that the truth of God will detect the feelings of the hypocrite and self-deceiver. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction.

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When one door closes, another always opens. We seek out problems because we need their gifts. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Tame the dragon and the gift is yours. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us. Siegel, M.


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    Growth comes when we respond to adversity by stretching just an edge beyond our talent and experience. Robert D. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

    Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. The important thing is not to allow yourself to be stranded in the desert.

    The experience of grieving cannot be ordered or categorized, hurried or controlled, pushed aside or ignored indefinitely. It is inevitable as breathing, as change, as love. It may be postponed, but it will not be denied. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better… and yet… you are sure to be happy again. It is part of the ritual, if you will, of putting sadness in perspective and gaining control of the situation. Grief has a purpose.

    Grieving is part of the tempering process. Marshall III. It means that on the journey we will need safe pathways so that remembrance, which may be painful, is possible. We need to grieve in order to do this. The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.

    Grieving is not about forgetting. Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain. It is a sorting process. One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn for them. One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.

    First, each loss launches us on an inescapable course through grief. Second, each loss revives all past losses. Third, each loss, if fully mourned, can be a vehicle for growth and regeneration. Volkan, MD. It depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on what happens inside a person. I am grateful for every day… and that makes me happy. You become happy by living a life that means something. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in getting, but only in giving.