I have several pocketknives at home. I’ve come to find that there are certain ways to handle a knife, especially when it’s open. Closed, I can toss it, stick it in my pocket, or squeeze it in my hand. It does very little harm. But open, it becomes a fierce weapon with the ability to injure or even kill. It must be handled with care, caution, and respect. That’s why you would exercise great care before you give a knife to a child.
Likewise, the Word of God, the living and powerful sword, must be handled with even greater care, caution, and respect. When closed, it is docile and harmless. But opened, it has the ability to injure or even kill, especially if it is in the hands of one who is unskilled in the Word.