Pain… another word that is not something a person wants to speak about. Last week I shared about mistreatment. Why would I want to write about pain? Today a verse popped up and it was:
2 Corinthians 7:10 Pain handled in God’s way produces a turning from sin to God which leads to salvation, and there is nothing to regret in that! But pain handled in the world’s way produces only death.
Earlier in the chapter Paul shared that he knew his first letter to the Corinthians caused them pain. He knew it caused them distress. He did regret that, but only “for a short time.” He realized that the painful letter he wrote caused them to move back to God.
Pain in our life should be handled in a way that “moves us back to God.” If it is harsh words from others, physical pain from an illness or accident, or life not going the way we planned – all circumstances should cause us to “turn from sin to God.” Walking with God often means we must CHANGE!
When others cause pain in our life it is difficult. False accusations and words hurt. Often we want to act out in anger or frustration, but those are ways of the world. When we act out with those emotions, those produce death. We end up hurting those around us instead of bringing the fruits of the Spirit.
So often we want to run from pain. We don’t want it to be part of our life. And often, the pain causes me to react inappropriately. It causes me to be frustrated. Edgy. Worried.
Since reading this verse, I had to ask myself, what will “turn me to God?” What will “move me closer?” It seems so obvious to those of us who grew up reading the Bible and attending church. However, have we continued to follow through with staying close to Him? Have we chosen to follow His Words and share HIS Truth with those around us in-spite of pain or mis-treatment?
A goal for me in 2020 is learning to respond to pain with TRUST and forgiveness. This year I need to learn how to show LOVE, JOY, PEACE… in the middle of ALL circumstances and situations. These are CHANGES I need to make.
What are you choosing to do when pain enters your life? What choices do you need to make to turn “back to God?” What CHANGES do you need to make?
When others challenge you, stop and think about what they are saying. If it is true, than change! “Turning back to God” means we need to CHANGE something!
Use the pain to change… Use the pain to “turn back to God.”
Love and blessings,
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