Pain - The Gift Nobody Wants

Pain - The Gift Nobody Wants

Pain is a gift nobody wants. But it's a gift, just the same.

We don’t ask for it or enjoy it, but we all experience it in one form or another.

My friend Peggie says, "Pain always brings change."

Pain - The Gift Nobody Wants
She's right. We can let it disable us with bitterness, anger, and depression. Or we can let it equip us with wisdom, sensitivity, humility, and grace.

When I’m suffering, I want to remind God of Bible passages where He rescues His people. I want to forget about the more prevalent passages where He loves His followers enough to let them suffer for their good and the good of others (e.g. Joseph and Paul).

We discipline our children, make them get shots, even give them over to doctors for surgery...because we love them. They could (and sometimes do) accuse us of letting them needlessly suffer. But they don’t understand.

As God’s children, we often misunderstand too. He doesn’t promise to prevent pain (Hebrews 12:1-11). He promises to use it for our good (Romans 8:28).

Help us, Lord, to see our pain the right way.
This post first published on Bible Love Notes in 2012

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this encouragement,I have Fibromyalgia and constant pain.Looking back I can see how God has used this to help me grow,and to have more compassion for others.

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  2. It’s just so difficult when someone else’s sinful choices cause us pain- betrayal by someone you love is difficult to understand and very hard to get through . I always think of Jesus and Judas- but Jesus knew the betrayal was going to happen and Judas hadn’t promised to love, honor And cherish-it’s a tough deal.

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    1. Hi Beaut,
      I agree that betrayal can be one of the most difficult pains to endure. And I think it's such a wise thing for you to think of the betrayal of our Lord when you are struggling with it. He understands your pain. It's true that Judas hadn't promised to love, honor, and cherish in a ceremony, and it's not the same as a spouse. But Jesus did include Judas in his inner circle and Judas' betrayal led to Christ's beating and brutal death.

      I pray that God will give you comfort. He is the God of all Comfort!

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