How is pain good for me? What can I learn from it? - Pain - TouchPoints

How is pain good for me? What can I learn from it?

Joel 2:13“Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

2 Corinthians 7:8-10I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow.

Pain can be redemptive. Your broken heart can lead you to God through the recognition, confession, and repentance of sin.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong.

John 11:14-15So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”

Pain can reveal God’s power. Pain is sometimes a symptom of a weakness in your life, which might be no fault of your own. But God’s power works best through our weaknesses. Let God work through your weakness so that your pain can showcase his power.

Hebrews 4:15-16This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Pain can bring you closer to God when you turn to him with your hurt.

James 1:2-4Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Pain can strengthen your character by testing your faith in God and your ability to endure faithfully through troublesome situations.

Hebrews 12:11No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Painful discipline can help us make right choices in the future.

Job 6:10“At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.”

Pain can test and prove your commitment to God.

2 Corinthians 4:17For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

Romans 8:18Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

Revelation 21:4He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.

Pain sparks the anticipation of the return of Jesus and our eternal life in heaven with him.