The bible is made up of all these powerful words like Lord, holy, love and Jesus but what about the buts? What about the howevers and the yets?
Have I lost you yet? No one pays attention to these KEY little words. If it weren’t for these words our world would be in big trouble. “Why,” you ask. Because:
Buts are the punch line of Christianity.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish BUT have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, BUT to save the world through him.
The words before the buts are the old us, the pre-Jesus us and the words after the buts are the new us, the clothed in righteousness and saved by grace us. Pre-gospel vs. Post gospel.
Like what if the but never came? Here for example:
For the wages of sin is death…
Romans 6:23 (pre-gospel)
Well I would read that and go, whelp I am done for because I can’t even count how many times I’ve sinned today alone. Paul doesn’t leave us thinking that though. Paul finished it by saying:
BUT, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (post gospel)
YES! Paul doesn’t just make these words up, no. God sent his son, Jesus, to earth in order to die a terrible death BECAUSE he loved us so much…BUT three days later he arose from the grave, just a prophecy said, and CONQUERED DEATH.
Thank you, Lord, for the ‘buts’ in the bible because we would be living a life without grace if that three-letter word never appeared.
This blog post is really short, but I’ve really been trying to pay attention to these small little words because they hold a lot of weight. Please don’t obsess over the ‘buts’ but notice them and appreciate them.
Whenever I’m journaling or on my date with Jesus I always put a box around but, so, yet and however. These words should trigger your mind to think that change or transformation is about to go down!