for Coptic Orthodox Media
Word of God

The Essence Of Life

“ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

It was a reading from the Bible and it happened to be from Matthew 6, which is part of the sermon on the mountain.

Curious enough Sam went to the nearest library and asked for a Bible and began reading. “Not bad at all. I want to know more.” He told himself. As days passed by, Sam managed to read more and more books in the Bible and as he reads, his thoughts started to become clearer, his ideas got transformed to be more pure, and his behaviour developed to be more tender and caring for the people around him. He also noticed that he doesn’t get angry or upset that easily as before. What really surprised him was the peace and quiet that he has enjoyed inside his heart. He has never experienced this feeling before.

The sense of responsibility that grew in Sam made him appreciate his father’s work for them. His compassion towards his mother opened his eyes to see how wonderful this woman is.

One day his heart felt for his sister who was crying because she needed help with her homework. Forgetting about his long tiring day at work, Sam cancelled his plans to rest and sat down with his sister to help her with her homework encouraging her and assuring her that she’s going to be a great success.

Becoming more and more attached to the Bible, Sam wanted to share the good news with his family members.
They all sat together read the Bible and Sam would tell his family the teachings and meditations he receives from the priest in the church. He makes sure that “Father Peter” would come and visit them to answer the questions he couldn’t answer and teach them how to pray. Sam is so happy that he met this unknown person at the subway station who changed his life with a small piece of paper. He loves the whole Bible but his favourite part is “ Matthew 5,6,7 ” which is, according to the Christian belief, the doctrine of all Christians.

The verse from “Hebrews 4:12” that’s mentioned above is so true. The word of God has the ability to change people’s characters, behaviours, thoughts, concepts, and beliefs.

Each time we read the Bible we get to see God and discover something new. One time we’ll find a promise from God to carry us through our difficult times, or a promise to free our hearts from hatred or sense of guilt. Another promise of eternal life where there is full peace, happiness and love. Some other time we’ll discover a fact about God, His righteousness and love for mankind and how He created the world and is still managing it and taking care of it until now as our Almighty heavenly Father.

In other parts we’ll meet a commandment from God to teach us how to lead a righteous, peaceful life full of love and care for the others, commandments that, if we follow, will lead us directly to heaven where we get to see God face to face and enjoy our being with Him forever.