Thrive. Not Just Survive. #2
I disagree. Real strength is not giving up despite the pain.
Some feel guilt and shame for feeling pain–that somehow they’ve let God down. Or “real Christians don’t suffer much because they have enough faith.”
It’s OK to limp on your journey. Pain is a part of this side of eternity. In fact, when we trust in His goodness and grace toward us, pain really enables us to thrive! It’s then that we understand the depth of His grace.
Look what Jesus told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 —
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul realized he would see more of the power of God when he stops trying to avoid pain but embraces it.
This doesn’t mean he sought after it, but he wasn’t afraid of it. Nor did he consider pain a sin against God.
Through Paul’s suffering, Jesus expressed more of His power in Paul’s life. And after this point in Paul’s life, he went on to write Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.
From a prison cell.
Trust in Jesus through your pain. He promises to do something supernatural with it.
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