Everyone hates suffering, but the fact of the matter is “pain changes people.” It’s not meant to make us weak but to make us stronger. When Christians go through pain in life, it helps us step back onto the path of righteousness. When sinners go through pain, it points them in the direction of Christ. It reveals when they have come to the end of themselves and have no way out other than to turn to the only one who can help them.
What is pain? It’s a localized or generalized unpleasant body sensation that causes mild to severe physical discomfort and emotional distress, typically resulting from a bodily disorder (such as injury or disease).
But pain can also be defined as emotional distress that leads to deep suffering in our souls.
According to 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, we don’t have to be discouraged by pain. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each day. This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison. We do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.
Think of the pain we experience when exercising. It hurts, but you are becoming stronger in the process. More weight equals more pain. More pain equals more strength. Even a pregnant woman can attest to feeling excruciating physical and emotional pain during the birthing process as her body is adjusting to bringing forth a new baby into the world. Yet, once the baby is born, she forgets the pain and embraces her new bundle of joy.
Pain is inevitable and a part of all life…
When I think of how olive oil is made, the purpose of the crushing of the olive is to facilitate the release of the oil from the vacuoles giving us useful oil. So it is with pain. God is allowing the pain in our lives in order to purify, sanctify, and anoint the vessel to be used by Him.
It might be hard, but we must find joy in and through our pain.
You may ask…
How do I do that? We must seek Christ.
These are the questions we have to ask ourselves:
How can this painful situation help to make me more like Christ?
How can this be used to help others?
Whether you are in pain due to a broken relationship, physical illness, or emotional distress, seek your help through God JEHOVAH NISSI My Banner… who is our Almighty Healer. You will find everlasting comfort, peace, and encouragement in His Word. He knows what you’re going through, and He will not leave you in this alone.
The storm you are in right now didn’t come to stay, but this too shall pass.
The masterful plan of God will be revealed in time, but until then hold on and don’t give up… there is purpose in your pain.
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