Friday, March 27, 2015

"Pain"


"Pain"
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 
        And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
     
The Apostle Paul suffered with “a thorn in the flesh” and requested three times that God remove it from him. Though God denied his plea for relief from this pain, Paul realized that the weaker he was as a human instrument, the more magnificent God’s grace radiated. His power was perfected in Paul’s weakness which supplied him with glorifying grace to endure. 

Can we, like Paul, thank God for pain when in the midst of suffering it can be quite overwhelming? God assures us that His grace is sufficient, enough, for these unbearable times. His grace gives strength, durability, resilience, and endurance when our strength is spent–––for His grace is constantly available. Though our request for deliverance from pain may be denied, He will continually supply us with His grace to endure that we may honor Him in and through our infirmities.

Suffering from pain truly is a gift from God even though we don’t always view it as such. Without pain we wouldn’t know when we’re injured and in need of medical assistance. The absence of pain was one the of the problems associated with Leprosy in ancient Israel. Leprosy was extremely common during Bible times and was often used as a graphic illustration of sin’s destructive power. When sin has made us weak and the pain of sin is in view, God’s grace illuminates His marvelous mercy towards us. Let us not be guilty of wronging and suffer for our own sins, but let suffer for the Gospel’s sake in Christ Jesus (I Peter 4:15-16). 

Lord, may I honor You, in the will of God, that I may bring glory to Your name.


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