Years ago in Bible college, one New Testament professor liked to use this expression: “It takes a diamond to cut a diamond.”
He described how “in community” Christians scrape against each other—often without intent but never without purpose. God uses this friction to cut rich facets of compassion, forgiveness, and endurance (to name a few). He said a raw diamond has neither beauty nor clarity.
God, however, as a master diamond cutter, knew just how to bring together the right amount of pressure to get us to where we were intended to be: bright with maturity and clear with love.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA Throwback Thursday blog by Inez Torres Davis, re-run in May 2020.