Why pain!


Pain is inevitable in life. Whether it’s physical, emotional, financial or relational, pain is bound to show up on your doorstep. The emotional pain inflicted on us by others can be far worse than the physical wounds we experience. What is the right ointment for wounded hearts? God is….

Trust him first, trust him most, have patience with HE who loves you most… I’ve seen folks have more patience with fools that owe them money and do them wrong, than with the one who ensures you never walk alone and carries you when you think you can’t go on… Pain is pain… Yes… But,  it won’t last forever… Trust Him, seek His ointment 1st…

OK… Here we go… How can you mend this broken man? How can a loser ever win? Especially when one feels, “Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.” Pain will see us all, The question is, how will you respond to pain…. Hurt, rejection etc….

First let’s understand the origins of pain, see the big six below…

1. The pain of family rejection/loss.
2. The pain of false accusation.
3. The pain of a forgotten existence.
4. The pain of failed dreams.
5. The pain of the broken heart.
6. Physical pain.

There can be many reasons why we are left in pain… with a broken heart: the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, loss of status, loss of health, betrayal by a friend, loss of a child and, yes, loss of your childhood. All of these reasons can leave you a broken man or woman.

Pain takes on different shapes and sizes in our lives.

There’s the pain of relational collapse, failed opportunity and emotional abuse. There’s the pain of personal addictions, job loss and financial bankruptcy. And then there’s the pain of physical sickness.

While it was a traumatic experience, there are lessons I learned about how to respond to pain. 

Give it to God 1st!!!

Don’t let the magnitude of your pain hide the miracle in your pain. 

Your response to your pain is more important than the reality of your pain.  

The reality of your pain will do its best to hijack your response to your pain.

Why? Because pain hurts.

God reminded me of this important truth: Your pain is temporary, but your response is permanent. You won’t be remembered for your pain. You’ll be remembered for your response to it. That’s why it’s so important to put your problems in perspective and to learn how to handle problems. Joseph gained perspective and allowed his character to grow during his 13 years of pain (very real pain). As a result, he responded favorably and in an upright manner.

The purpose of God allowing pain isn’t to punish you but to prepare you for God’s greater purposes. Your pain is the very thing God will use and turn around for the better. Recognize that and let Him leverage your pain for something good.

Each lesson puts pain in perspective and offers a hopeful response. I don’t know what painful situation you might be walking through right now, but I want to encourage you to look for the miracle, choose your response and focus on the greater impact. Allow your responses frame your pain with a healthy perspective.

Recognize the pain and understand it is OK to hurt. Sometimes we seek to cover the pain by ignoring it or through other means like the use of alcohol or drugs, sex etc… which will only cause us to get infected, and reverse the healing process! Like a deep skin wound, we must apply the right ointment or a Band-Aid so we can begin to heal or else it can get infected and become worse. We cannot ignore our pain and think it will go away.

For as Psalm:126:5 promises, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” God will heal all broken hearts. We will no longer feel sad for what we lacked in this physical life because God will fill our hearts and make us complete.

Remember….. There is nothing impossible with God…. It only gets dicey when you play without Him. Stand tall, stand strong, pray up! What better partner than that of God. He Heals……

Have a wonderful Sunday and may God continue to heal and Bless you!

About Defender of the Faith

A Direct Action Motivational and Missions Based Ministry serving God's people where so ever dispersed!! Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr.

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