The Gift of Pain
We all experience emotional and physical pain differently. We press on daily knowing that Jesus loves us and wants to use our hurt and pain for His glory and to grow strong, mature Christians (I Peter 4:12-13 NIV). We must walk the pathway that Jesus planned for our lives because he promised that there is a blessing in our pain (II Corinthians 4:17).
One evening just before supper, as my father washed his hands in a small washbasin, he asked me if I had fed and watered our farm animals and closed the gate to the fenced area where they were kept. Feeling far too grown as a teenager, I disrespectfully said, "I will get around to it sooner or later."
No sooner than the words came out of my mouth, my father lifted the washbasin and splashed the dirty soapy water on my face and chest, and sternly told me, " Go take care of the animals and close the gate now." Although the washbasin hit my chest and drenched me with soapy water, Dad's actions were not abusive. His purpose was to teach me that I should obey his instructions immediately. After that embarrassing experience, I did not disrespect my father again.
As Christians, Jesus promised to lead, guide and help us through the emotional, physical and growing pains of our life.
Jesus said, "Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)."
Nobody can ease our pain, weariness and burdens like Jesus.
The gift of pain helps believers and Christians get back on the path of righteousness. Pain’s gift causes us to lose all self-reliance and turn to Jesus Christ, the only One who can help us. Every pain, physical or emotional, is instructive if we embrace it and seek its guidance (Romans 5:3-4).
Apostle Paul said to the Church of Corinth, "Don't lose heart (quit), though outwardly we are wasting away (experiencing pain and aging), yet inwardly (through spiritual growth/maturity) we are being renewed day by day. Future glory is waiting for every faithful Christian who lives a holy, obedient life in response to all pain until Jesus returns for his church (Romans 8:18).
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Bishop Earnest E. Robinson, Sr.
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