No pain, no gain. Ugh. Doesn’t that phrase make you want to roll your eyes? Seriously. When people make that statement, do they really know what they are talking about? Well, in all honesty, there is some positive truth to those four words. If you are doing an intense workout, there is a point in which you must push yourself out of your comfort zone, in order to increase in stamina or results. There are times after a surgery, that physical therapy is required, in order to stretch or re-train the body back into ‘normal’ function. Sometimes our hearts are broken, after a relationship has fallen apart, but when we reflect back at the broken relationship, we realize how much happier and peace-filled life is without it. We then know what to avoid or look for, in the future. There are unexplained, horrible, agonizing situations we may face…in which pain is magnified beyond words. Death, cancer, rape, suicide, addiction; these are just a few of the agonizing things we all face in this world. Some people are faced with more than others. Why? This has been a question for centuries. Unfortunately, life has pain. Fortunately, God carries us through it…and the experiences are what mold us into stronger, wiser people. Without adversity, pain, or difficulties…we would not know joy, peace and victory. Jesus made it possible for us to make it through the impossible. Because of Jesus, we are able to conquer, overcome, and be vessels in His honor. We are able to fight through the most difficult of times. We are able to see the hope that lies ahead. We are able to take our pain and turn it into testimony. No matter what you are facing today…pray, and press on. God is with you. Jesus is going to carry you through it…and in the end…you will be the light to someone else’s darkness and pain.
“If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” MARK 9:23
So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. HEBREWS 10:35-36
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. 1 PETER 4:12-13
God is with us.
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