Originally Posted by nana
I completely see what you are saying. The Lord didn't at first bring the woman at the well (John 4) by 'stinging her' with His Word (or convicting her-at least He didn't start the conversation that way). No, at first He was gentle, kind, and compassionate, and she was ready to hear Him ("please, sir, give me the water"). Then He did convict her of having several husbands. That is a good example of I think what you are getting at (am I right?). I could be wrong about this; I don't know.
HOWEVER, IMHO this thread is a different scenario. We have Believers running around afraid of everything. This is not Scriptural obviously. The question is how to deal with this.
IMHO, this thread is a no nonsense thread because I feel like this thread is aimed at the Believer, not the non-Believer. This is where God's word actually does sting. We, as Believers, are stung by rebuke (we indeed are, no matter what people say), simply because we love our Master, hate to be wrong, and know we were wrong. It takes a lot of submission to admit to our Master that we disobeyed, and that does sting. There is no two ways about that. God does this because He loves His children (the church) not because He wants to hurt us. It is for our edification (and strengthening of faith and trust in God), like I said previously.
12Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.