Pain is a gift from God

In our society we spend millions upon millions just to ease the pain. Medical doctors prescribe 800 mg of Ibuprofin. Chiropractic is the fastest growing physical healing industry. But pain is a gift from God. a gift to let us know that something is not right in our life and something needs fixing. We must feel the pain, embrace it and resolve the reasons for it or your life will begin to revolve around it. You can not bury it alive, as you will have to continue to feed it and it will continue to grow, even buried. Pain is not something we actively seek but when it appears we must react appropriately, rather than deny or neglect it. It is not healthy to simply “press on”.

“You should feel fortunate, look at how God has blessed the changes that have been made”

“Just trust God and let this be between them and God”

“God works everything out to be good.”

“A Spirit filled person would have real peace about all of this.”

“Surely there were some deep problems for this to occur.”

“Surely after this time you have worked through this loss.”

“Your anger is a sin you need to repent of.”

Each of these statements are true to some degree but each can invalidate the pain you feel. Denying the pain or having no place to share it can just cause it grow and invalidate it.

What would Jesus feel? Isiah 53-3 says He would be a “man of sorrows”. Jesus felt emotinal pain to the extent He sweat blood. Jesus did not minimize it, He felt it to His very core.

Godly sorrow can and does lead to repentance and salvation. Sorrow can lead to making things right. Sometimes restitution is needed. Guilt and shame can be the result of unrestituted and Godly sorrow.

So resolve your pain or revolve around it. Feel the depth of it and use it to resolve it. Unresolved pain will lead to hurt, mistrust, anxiety, fear and anger. Bury these alive and “just press on” will end up eating you alive.

TRUTH OR LIE??

“Real Christians should have a real peace in all circumstances.”

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8 Comments »

  1. truth-when you “press on” and issues are unresoved, other areas of you life will become INFECTED and EFFECTED.

  2. A Christian can have true peace at all times. This does not mean that we don’t feel or express “negative” emotions (sorrow, guilt, anger, or fear). But we should absolutely deal with the problem with whatever we can do about it and trust God to bring us trough our crisis. Wonderful post my brother. B4T

  3. “A Perfect Christian should have peace in all circumstances.” would be a better statement.
    I am a true Christian, but I am far from perfect, so I am not peaceful in all circumstances, but I am trying.

    Pain that is not dealt with leads to all kinds of illness, both physical and psychological.

  4. Kodiak Said:

    Inspiring Jim, I have been given meds to take for my back injury. When I take the meds I feel better. Pain also alerts the body when it has been overused or abused, when we take meds this can mask the pain and we can do more harm than good. Take meds as needed. Some times meds are neede to restore normal chemical imbalance, like my nephew.

    o/
    Love you Brother.

  5. Kodiak Said:

    I don’t want anyone reading my last post to think thaat they should stop taking meds that’s not the intent of my post. So if your Doctor has prescribed meds keep taking them.

  6. SassyC Said:

    Ahhhh, the elusive “peace” fruit… how delicious the pie when peace is included… bitter when omitted

  7. a little passion fruit is always tasty!

  8. where's jim? Said:

    From 2Corinthians, so take heart…
    8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

    16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    We can strive as Paul did to be spiritually content, but I believe we are to feel and learn from what God has given us.


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